Roisin Mullen stands next to her lighthouse called “Post it positive” at the Loyalist Country Inn on Saturday for the project’s reveal night. People from around the world mailed Post-it notes to Roisin that boast friendly messages for anti-bulling.
SUMMERSIDE – Although she’s only eight-years-old, Roisin Mullen wanted to shine some light on the issue of bullying.
Saturday’s reveal ceremony for the Lighthouse 2014 event provided the young artist the platform she needed.
The event at the Loyalist Country Inn had crowds of people eager to see all 17 decorated lighthouses created for the new arts/tourism campaign.
Seventeen Island artists were commissioned to create the lighthouses that will be displayed throughout the city.
Roisin was the youngest submission winner with her piece called “Post it positive.” Her lighthouse is covered in Post-it notes that have friendly messages written on them from people around the world.
Roisin’s mother, Heather Mullen, said once they got Post-it notes from the students at her school in Mount Stewart, they decided to make a Twitter account to get people involved internationally.
“Her project ended up getting legs of its own and growing bigger than we expected. We have Post-its from Australia, Egypt, France, and all across Canada.”
Roisin said she’s excited for so many people to see her lighthouse and she’s thankful to everyone who contributed to her project.
“When I got mail from all over the world, I felt really good.”
Mullen said she’s proud of her daughter and this was a great opportunity for artists to showcase their talent.
“I think it’s a really interesting 2014 project for Summerside, and I hope people will go out and see all the lighthouses.
Alex Maine, organizer for the project, said the lighthouses turned out to be amazing and the artists put in hundreds of hours of work.
“It was fantastic to work with everyone. You wouldn’t believe there are lighthouses made of seaweed, stones, shells, and even spoons.”
Maine said the lighthouses were placed around Summerside on Monday, and they will be auctioned off in September to raise money for Island charities.
Katelynn Clow’s lighthouse is called “Guide of the East,” she said her grandfather was a fisherman and that’s where she found her inspiration.
“I took it from a really east coast lifestyle.”
Clow said she enjoys showing her artistic side to the public.
“It’s really exciting and it’s great to meet other artists.”
It’s a worthwhile project and was fun to work on, she said.
“It makes art so accessible to the community. I hope they do it again.”