The first of three new permanent mural artworks was painted live last weekend on the public wall at the Batehaven marketplace, Edward Road, Batehaven.
The mural was be painted by HAPPY DECAY (Bjarni Wark) - a multidisciplinary street artist and illustrator who creates uniquely interesting public art using traditional and urban techniques.
The murals program is funded under the Stronger Communities Program through the office of Fiona Phillips MP, Member for Gilmore with funding from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. The mural is supported by local business owners Don and Michelle McNeil. Two further sites are being negotiated in Broulee and Moruya. Each location is chosen on the basis that it is public facing and highly visible, and a site in need of beautification.
“Public art increases the liveability, culture and artistic richness of our towns and creates a legacy for future generations”, said Leanne Joyce, Chair, River of Art Festival.
These artworks are part of REVIVE, a public art project by the River of Art Festival which saw five murals painted live in 2020 in the wake of the devastating summer bushfires. The Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips, attended the weekend event to see first hand the Stronger Communities Program mural being painted saying "This mural is divine and will sure help brighten up the area. Thanks to River of Art, business owners Michelle and Don for sharing your wall, and HAPPY DECAY for this awesome mural. I was happy to provide funding for this mural through the Stronger Communities Program. Keep an eye out for the next murals at Moruya and Mogo."