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Brightening up CBD

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January 08, 2018

Artist's impressions put together by Tank, of what key Shepparton sites could look like.

Artist's impressions put together by Tank, of what key Shepparton sites could look like.

Popular Shepparton artist Tank wants to start the conversation about injecting colour into the city’s central business district one larger-than-life street mural at a time.

Having posted a number of artist’s impressions of key Shepparton sites and vacant walls covered in street art, Tank hoped this pushed the discussion along, fleshed out ideas and prompted public attention.

In his words, he hoped the photoshop designs helped ‘‘rustle up some talk about it’’.

Tank argued creating visuals to upload to social media would ensure public opinion on the ideas could be gauged.

So what does the public think?

‘‘That it’s a bit overdue,’’ Tank said.

They also believe ‘‘unused and ugly’’ sections of the CBD could be beautified.

Tank said street art could only be positive for the city’s tourism, so long as Shepparton found a unique niche to follow rather than repeating the styles or themes of neighbours.

‘‘Definitely the public seem to think its a great idea to see,’’ he said.

He also suggested artists would be likely to put their hands up, given such projects were a valuable way to secure permission to work a large canvas while also offering widespread exposure to an artist’s work.

Greater Shepparton City Council is proposing a street art trail through Shepparton featuring indigenous icons and historic events, with two murals set to begin in coming months.

The hope is for a series of murals commemorating people and events from the region to connect the Shepparton CBD with the forthcoming Shepparton Art Museum at Victoria Park Lake.

The council said a large wall behind Goulburn Valley Water’s offices in Fryers St, backing onto Stewart St, would soon proudly display the images of two influential indigenous women from the region.

Works on this mural had been planned for next month.

This project follows the creation of a large mural of influential figures William Cooper and Sir Douglas Nicholls in a laneway connecting Fryers St and Stewart St, launched last year.

Tank suggested the street art project could also feature the work of regional indigenous artists on buildings and walls, alongside murals commemorating influential figures.

He suggested there would be an opportunity for Shepparton to have one of biggest collections of indigenous street art in Victoria or more broadly, Australia.

But at the moment, Tank wanted to see a conversation happening.

‘‘And to rally some support... if it starts off... and seems to be popular, that’s when the council and other sort of groups can start rallying behind it as well,’’ he said.

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