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Deb McNaughton - Bay Trail Sculpture

Deb McNaughton, Rainbow of Hope, painted mural, Shirley Burke Theatre, 2020, photography by Shuttermain

Kingston Arts is working with local artist Deb McNaughton on a new sculpture to be installed as part of the Bay Trail Public Art Project.  The sculpture will be installed along the foreshore at Hazel Pierce Reserve in Mordialloc.

The Raindrops and Sunbeams sculpture will feature seven arched posts which symbolise a rainbow. The title refers to the two natural elements required to form a rainbow, with raindrops representing the struggles and sadness experienced as a direct result of the pandemic and sunbeams representing the light and hope at the end of the tunnel. Together these elements create a rainbow, while the wording on each post refers to the seven values that make the Kingston community shine so bright. The artist’s intention is to create a visually stimulating landmark whilst representing the strength, diversity, positivity, and spirit of the Kingston community now and into the future. 

Project Background

The sculpture is a nod to the temporal Rainbow of Hope mural Deb painted at Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkdale in 2020, which received an overwhelming positive response from the local community, as it celebrated the unity and connection demonstrated amongst Kingston residents in the face of social distancing rules.

In July-August 2020 the community was invited to provide feedback on public art for the Bay Trail via the ‘Your Kingston Your Say’ platform. The survey results reflected an overwhelmingly positive response to the design and its timely focus on the hope and connection experienced in the Kingston community during the challenges of COVID-19. 

Following a series of creative community engagement workshops held towards the end of November 2020, the artist undertook consultation with community members and surrounding primary schools. Leadership groups from grade 6 classes at Parktone Primary, Aspendale Primary and Edithvale Primary Schools identified the key community values of Respect, Leadership, Honesty, Kindness, Happiness, Gratitude and Equality. These values will be celebrated through the sculpture’s individual rainbow arches. 

The artist will work with Council Officers, led by the Indigenous Portfolio Officer in consultation with Traditional Owners on this multifaceted project. 

This project is supported by the City of Kingston. 

Artist rendering of proposed artwork


Deb McNaughton is an established Australian artist based in Aspendale. Deb runs public workshops from her studio and has a love for colour and a passion for making the world a brighter place through art. Working with a variety of mediums, Deb’s style is described as spontaneous, diverse and fun. Her creativity comes from the heart and her colourful creations are widely recognised in both Australia and overseas. 

Instagram: @deb.mcnaughton


Victoria O’Shea, Acting Cultural Producer and Partnerships Coordinator E: