Street artist Kasper is painting Wodonga one wall at a time and in the process bringing the city to life.
His latest creations include the rear wall of Mahoney’s Newsagency and the DeliBean Cafe wall on the corner of Beechworth Rd and Wilson St.
As a self-taught painter and designer, DeliBean has a sunflower design painted on it while Mahoney’s Newsagency has a striking Murray Cod. The Murray Cod was painted as part of the Upstream festival, which begins on Friday, March 5.
“I thought I would do a huge Murray cod because we are right next to the Murray River,” Kasper said.
“The reaction has been pretty cool so far. A lot of people have been really hyped on it and happy. There’s been no bad reactions.”
The design for the DeliBean wall came about after Kasper was inspired by a story he heard.
“Originally when this wall was painted yellow, the community sort of had a questioning moment where they were like ‘why would you do that to this wall?’,” he said.
“Slowly but surely they came to realise the bright yellow was pretty nice and it really caught your eye. It’s just like a happy colour to look at.
“When I got introduced to this space, I saw the colour and I heard the back story behind it and that’s simply why the sunflower went up. No big story or big narrative, it’s just to make people smile.
“It’s really hard to miss it. It’s so bright and colourful.”
Kasper has been employed through the Working for Victoria fund and will be in Wodonga for the next five months producing murals across the city.
“I’ll be a painting a whole of series of murals around town,” he said.
“The Murray cod was the first one I have done (in the city) and it will be the biggest one I will do. I’m really happy with how it turned out.”
Kasper’s journey began through his love of skateboarding and street art.
He has painted murals, completed artist residencies and hosted exhibitions across a number of cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Indonesia, Thailand, Canada, Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Alaska.