Victorians have a new reason to hit the road with the final touches being made to a spectacular series of largescale murals in the rural town of Wedderburn.
Minister for the Creative Industries Danny Pearson visited Wedderburn yesterday to have a preview of the Bird Eye View project and meet with the artists and locals involved in bringing it project to life.
The series features five largescale murals by acclaimed mural artists Andrew J Bourke, Jimmy Dvate and Bryan Itch on the main street as well as the façade of the local church.
The murals celebrate the unique birdlife of the surrounding conservation area – a biodiverse habitat for 180 of Australia’s indigenous bird species, 20 of which are listed as endangered.
Forming an ‘open-air gallery’, Wedderburn’s new mural series aims to attract visitors from across Victoria and highlight the important work being undertaken to preserve of the birdlife.
Wedderburn is located between the Wimmera Mallee Silo Art Trail and the North East Victorian Silo Art Trail, making it the perfect stopover for visitors to add to their itinerary and see all three.
Birds Eye View is supported through the Andrews Labor Government’s Creative Activation Fund, a program that supports the development and delivery of ambitious creative projects that aim to increase visitation and become cultural tourist attractions.
Other regional projects include neon artworks to light up the streets of Bendigo and tell dreaming stories of the Dja Dja Wurrung people; a seventh addition to the lauded Wimmera Mallee Silo Art Trail in St Arnaud; and a mural inspired by flora and fauna of Barmah National Park.
Seven projects have been supported through this program so far, with funding totalling over $900,000. For more on the Creative Activations Fund visit creative.vic.gov.au
IMAGE: Bronwyn Camm