Mobile canvas stands out in Maleny


MALENY locals may have already seen Maleny Accident Repair Centre’s courtesy car featuring the stylish design whizzing around town.

The talented young artist behind the design is Maleny State School year 4 student Piper, whose work was the winner of a colouring-in competition earlier this year.

It was the bright colours and bold design of Piper’s entry that caught the eye of the judge, local artist Vanessa Perske.

With the paint job finished, Juan Perez, the owner of Maleny Accident Repair Centre, couldn’t be happier with the result.

“Piper’s design was bright, awesome colours and a design that is very unique,” Juan said.

Posing quite a challenge, the work of transferring Piper’s design onto the Mazda 3 was enthusiastically taken up by the team at the Maleny Accident Repair Centre.

“We spent roughly about two and a half days in the spray booth,” Juan said.

“We mostly had the apprentices doing it, so it gave them exposure to not only new techniques of spray painting but also different colour matching and different styles of spraying.

“And I think you’d agree that they all did a fantastic job. Piper even lent a hand and put her hand print on the car as well.

“When you do see it around town, give it a wave.”

Juan has put together a great time-lapse video where you can see the progress of the car from start to finish. Check it out on the Maleny Accident Repair Centre’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/malenyarc

Given the car’s lolly-like colour scheme, Juan also thought he would support the recent Halloween event on Tamarind Street by donating $100 worth of lollies to be given to kids during the evening.

Juan’s community spirit, and that of all the team at the Maleny Accident Repair Centre, is the reason why supporting local businesses is definitely the way to go.

Main image: Proud mum Katie Dukes with her talented artist daughter Piper

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