Three south-west artists are putting the final touches on their UooUoo designs to celebrate the Royal Children's Hospital 150th anniversary.
Together with 97 other artists from around the country, Matthew Clarke, Sidney Sprague and David Higgins have been creating their mythical UooUoo designs for the past two months.
Higgins has named his UooUoo Nirranda and has enjoyed dipping his finger back into some of his old skills.
"I used to be an airbrush artist so I'm good at stencilling and I don't get to used to use those skills very often except for this," he said.
"I'm finished and it looks great, it's very cute."
Higgins' design encapsulates the idea of the environment influencing an animals colour, markings and abilities.
"Here we see a cartoon character style UooUoo, a cross between a wombat and blue winged kookaburra," he said.
"Nirranda is a protector of new life and helps others. Nirranda's babies are kept warm, safe, happy and learns from its elders as they travel together and have many wonderful adventures.
"I hope that Nirranda will be well received by the hopsital and connect with children to help them feel loved, happy and safe."
Ellersie artist Sprague was inspired by his recent readings into Russian avant-garde work to create a bright UooUoo which conveys emotion through its shape and colours.
"It's pretty much nearly done, I have a couple of paint splatters to finish and I need to make sure everything is right," he said. "It's a bit complex and incorporate high-chromatic colours.
"It's a colour celebration of art and mind. The emotive elements encapsulate feelings and moments where all things are possible and all limitations fade away.
"It was a really cool process and a lot to cover - six metres of surface all up - but it was good fun."
Clarke has also completed his 1.5 metre UooUoo with a colourful patterned deigned standing out on a black background.
The UooUoos will be on display before finding homes in laneways, streets, parks and public spaces and walking trails across Melbourne and Geelong.
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