Young artist brightens laneway

07 December 2015

A mural by a young local artist has been mounted in a lane off Townsend Street to brighten the area and hopefully deter vandals from painting graffiti on the wall.

The lane, between Townsend Street shops and the shopping centre, was identified as a hot spot for tagging and AlburyCity had received a number of complaints from general community about the wall.

Council started talks with real estate agent LJ Colquhoun Dixon, who oversee the property, they were very supportive of the initiative and helped by liaising with the property owner.

AlburyCity's Youth Council painted the wall ready for the artwork to mounted. A number of young people submitted work and the Youth Council then selected the artwork that would go on the wall.

The chosen artist, Erin Macdonald, said her artwork represents the continual flow of gender in motion in our society.

"They are watercolor works photographed onto high gloss paper and the inspiration behind the art is that although everyone is unique and different in their own ways, there is a single thread that connects us all," Erin, who is 18, said.

"The loose watercolor represents the freedom and expression we have in our appearance and gender, yet the continual succession of lines shows we are all connected to one another, no matter what our background, story or gender."

AlburyCity Acting Mayor David Thurley said the mural was a great initiative and Council hoped to replicate this in a number of other sites, providing opportunities for young people to display work.

"The project has been implemented by youth and this has been a proven factor in the success of the project," Cr Thurley said.

He praised the property owner and the real estate agent for working with AlburyCity to allow the mural to go ahead.