MOUNT Beauty is set to receive three stunning public murals early in the new year, with Alpine Shire Council recently appointing experienced artist Mike Makatron to carry out the works.
31 December 2021
Mike will arrive in Mount Beauty in 4 January 2022 to complete the project, which will see three murals created to reflect different aspects of the history of Mount Beauty.
Alpine Shire Mayor Sarah Nicholas said it was exciting to welcome an artist of Mike’s experience and talent to transform key spaces in a way that is respectful, beautiful and reflective of what makes Mount Beauty unique.
“Mike has created spectacular artworks all around the world, and I can’t wait to see what he does with this project,” she said.
“The designs will use a muted palette so as not to distract from the surrounding natural beauty, and will each reflect a different important part of the town’s history and culture.
“This project has been supported by Bushfire Recovery Funding, to help build a sense of pride and connection in a community still feeling the impacts of the 2019/21 bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic.
“We can’t wait to see the beautiful Kiewa Valley reflected in these murals.”
Murals will be painted on the end wall of the auditorium, with a theme of the Hydroelectric scheme and its impact on the development of Mount Beauty, as well as on Hollonds Street toilets with a theme which reflects and acknowledges the traditional owners of the land we now know as Mount Beauty.
The third mural will be painted on the back of the Library, facing the pondage and will reflect the Mount Beauty community and volunteerism.
Cr Nicholas said four Traditional Owner groups have been approached for their input into the Hollonds Street toilet block mural.
“We have had a response from Dhudhuroa Waywurru People, and while this work will not be aboriginal art but it is likely to be imagery which is more universal to all indigenous Australians,” she said.
“We will continue to attempt to engage with other Traditional Owner groups to ensure they have opportunity to be involved in this project to whatever degree they wish.”
The project will take around a week to complete.
The project was originally slated for the old SEC warehouse, however due to the presence of asbestos the site is not viable.