When Leeton artist Jason Richardson started discussing a collaboration with the Community Op Shop last year, they could not predict that 2020 would have other plans.
After a delay, the result will be a display during this month in the shop's main street windows on the theme of Fivebough Wetlands.
"A lot of people know Fivebough as a swamp and I get the impression that relatively few locals have visited it," Mr Richardson said.
"It's a beaut place to walk around and you can usually spot majestic pelicans and graceful black swans, as well as a variety of other birds.
"The significance of the site is actually incredible and the wetlands should be seen as a jewel in the Riverina's crown. This project aims to raise the profile of the site and hopefully help Leeton find greater pride in Fivebough."
That site has a global significance recognised by the United Nations' Ramsar Convention.
In a comparison of 360 wetlands as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Waterbird Project, Fivebough recorded the highest number of waterbird species and it ranked second for the total number of species recorded in a single survey.
The display notes the wetland is a "popular international travel destination" for the migratory birds it hosts and the human admirers who visit to see them.
"Back in 2019 when we began discussing developing an art project, we arrived at using the community at Fivebough as a metaphor for the role the Op Shop plays in the Leeton," Richardson said.
"There's a proverb 'birds of a feather flock together' and it prompted me to think how the shop take pride in being a place for everyone in Leeton. In a similar way Fivebough hosts a diverse community too, with over one hundred bird species."
The art installation will likely be available for viewing by the community by mid next week.
Originally the Fivebough project planned to develop a display during the Easter school holidays to coincide with the Leeton SunRice Festival street parade, but that idea had to be reworked for social-distancing after the emergence of COVID-19.
While the scale of the installation has shrunk, it will have a longer lifespan.
"As I was planning activities to coincide with the project, Kathy Tenison from Landcare asked if I'd considered using the display at Fivebough after it had been exhibited in Leeton," Mr Richardson said.
"It shifted my medium from paste-ups to designing a banner that will be installed at the Wetlands and, when I liked the look of that, I ordered stickers to be printed as well."
The vinyl bumper stickers will be available for sale at locations in Leeton for $2 each or you can contact Mr Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org to order three for $5, including postage.
"It'd be great to see Leeton displaying their Fivebough pride because each sticker purchased will also be assisting with the development on local arts projects," he said.
Fivebough At The Heart Of Leeton is supported by Create NSW's Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and Western Riverina Arts on behalf of the NSW government.
The Leeton Community Op Shop makes their windows available for displays to promote the shire. Find out more information by calling 6953 5664.