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Once just an ugly retaining wall on a walkway in The Gap, this concrete canvas has been transformed into a vibrant and eye catching piece of street art that has everyone talking.
Take a walk along the Brian Hallinan Walkway and enjoy the mural that brings to life this 80 metre stretch of creek side walking track. Travis Vinson's street art mural is a colourful snapshot of The Gap and depicts the original inhabitants (the Turrbal people), the suburb's history, wildlife, iconic spots and more.
The mural is a talking point amongst young and old and the unanimous opinion is that Travis and his team from Graffiti Murals have done The Gap proud. Brisbane City Council commissioned Travis (known in the street art scene as "Drapl") to create this artwork in a bid to combat the vandalism that the walkway has been subjected to over recent years. After community consultation, the graffiti artist began work, building on the theme as he spoke to passing community members and learning more of The Gap's history. Travis' work was also influenced by his memories of growing up in the suburb. He said, "I just wanted to try and portray the beautiful area I grew up in".
To check out this new addition to the growing list of things to see and do in The Gap, simply enter the walking track directly behind Coles at The Gap Village shopping centre on Waterworks Road, The Gap.