The Sound Shell at Mindil Beach is receiving a much needed facelift, with a large mural at the site nearing completion.
Five other sites across Darwin are also receiving an artistic makeover through the Art to Street project, which received dollar for dollar funding from the Federal Government in March 2019.
With a total $90,000 allocated to the project, the focus has been on mentoring local and emerging artists develop skills to paint large scale murals.
Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said “Through the Art to Street project six tired areas across Darwin are being transformed with artworks that reflect our unique and multicultural lifestyle.”
“City of Darwin is delighted to be unveiling this mural, which I know visitors to the Mindil Beach markets will enjoy.”
The image of a crocodile will be portrayed on the mural on the Mindil Beach Sound Shell and has special meaning to artist Denise Quall, a Larrakia woman.
Being a descendant of the Dangalaba Clan (Saltwater Crocodile), the crocodile holds a special cultural importance to me and my family,” Denise said.
“We have great respect for these ancient creatures and I have chosen to paint a crocodile to demonstrate the respect my family and my culture has for these ancient creatures.”
Murals are also nearing completion at Walkway 81 in Wagaman, the retaining wall on Gardens Hill Crescent and West Lane in the CBD. Murals at Casuarina Library and the Nightcliff Seawall have been completed.
Proper Creative, an organisation specialising in large scale murals and design consultation, has mentored the emerging artists through the process of developing and delivering commissioned art projects in these public spaces.