Three days in and artist David Higgins is nearly finished preparing a blank wall in Warrnambool’s business centre as a canvas for his ocean-themed mural for this weekend Hidden Histories Laneway festival.
A rare burst of autumn sunshine has the talented artist at top undercoat stage as David sets to work transforming the Timor Walk wall in the heart of the city’s centre.
The Hidden Histories Laneway festival has been underway since January providing a series of art events aimed at encouraging public participation in art and public spaces around Warrnambool’s central business district.
Event manager and F Project committee member Helen Bunyon says stopping to chat with public artists in the Hidden Histories Laneways event is encouraged.
“This is exactly an example of an intended outcome of lane way events: public interaction and thoughts,” Ms Bunyon said.
“It’s a conversation about art, about times past, about future ideas. It is also a chance for Warrnamboolians to celebrate their artistic community.”
The blank wall in Timor Walk will be transformed by a colourful mural depicting sea-themes in an event collaboration between F Project, Warrnambool City Council, RMIT, the State Government and the Warrnambool Art Gallery.