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Published May 8th 2016
(P)art of the Scenery
Often we don't pay much attention to the many attractions in our own backyard. For example, I had only vaguely noticed a few historical murals in Korumburra when driving through on the way to Wilsons Promontory.
Korumburra: Italian pea growers by Dennis Leversha on the Italian Social Club wall
Then I happened to stop there for a coffee with a friend from overseas. Her delighted response to the murals resulted in a full scale wander through town to find them all plus an extraordinary amount of photos taken to show the folks back home. I wish I had known then that the Visitor Information Centre in Korumburra (at the entrance to Coal Creek) had a brochure which maps the Korumburra Murals and also notes the ones in Loch.
Korumburra: The Middle Hotel now replaces the original timber one damaged by fire in 1933, Artist: Dennis Leversha
Now that murals are on my radar I've noticed Gippsland's wall art is by no means limited to Korumburra. I haven't been able to find much centralised information on the number and location of all the murals and street art in the region, however if you keep your eye out when travelling you'll notice many of the towns have murals on the walls of businesses, government buildings, schools, lanes and fences.
Wonthaggi is home to several historical murals and of recent times has brightened several laneways with street art due to the efforts of the Wonthaggi Business Association, Bass Coast Shire Council, local VCAL students and the Wonthaggi Police as part of the Stop Tagging, Start Street Art project. See the Wonthaggi Street Art Facebook page for more.
The above are only a few examples of the artworks that add colour, culture, historical context and in some cases a touch of whimsy to their town. Each one has a story and adds its unique presence and personality to its surroundings.
So next time you're visiting Gippsland, keep a look out for the stunning murals and street art. You'll be surprised how many there are.