SHILLIDAY’S LANE MURAL

Mildura City Heart’s third large-scale mural installation begins today, celebrating everything “work, rest and play” in the CBD.

Shillidays Lane, between Eighth and Ninth streets, is the latest space in the CBD to receive a bold splash of colour, this time by Scottish artist Baxter.

Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Baxter has been in Australia for two years on a working holiday visa, with the aim of building his networks in the Melbourne street art scene.

He said the trip to Australia, which has involved two stays in Mildura undertaking farm work, was about meeting as many people as possible.

“I got this job by chance,” he said.

“I did farm work in Mildura last year and was walking past as Moose (Terry McGowan) was painting the mural on Ninth Street.

“I asked him how I could get involved with doing something like this, and he said to go and see Danielle at the Mildura City Heart office.”

More than a year later, Baxter is back in Mildura to paint his mural celebrating all the ways to “work, rest and play” in the City Heart.

He approached the brief in his own style, his signature bold, bright and colourful design exploring what the CBD means to different people.

Mildura City Heart manager Danielle Hobbs said each of the three CBD murals highlighted a different aspect of the precinct, its history and its culture.

“We aim to get people thinking about the idea that so many people work, rest and play here in the City Heart, and that’s going to mean something different for everyone,” she said.

Ms Hobbs said the latest addition to the CBD’s street art landscape was a blend of abstract and figurative.

“It’s not immediately accessible like our Mildura mural, people will need to take a moment to look at it and find the details, but that’s the fun of it,” she said.

“It’s important to bring different styles and interpretations of our CBD to life through this project,” she said.

The painting will be a team effort, with arts students, Cultivator Inc and community members coming on board to complete the 20-metre wide and 5.3-metre high mural.

Cultivator Inc’s Sophie Cook has been involved with Mildura City Heart’s mural projects from the beginning and said the process was always a rewarding one.

“It’s really nice to see the whole process come to life,” she said.

“The best bit is the conversations we have with people who wander past.

“(The murals) give people a purpose and a reason to explore the nooks and crannies in the CBD that they may not otherwise see.”

The Work, Rest and Play mural is the first to be created and funded by sales of previous mural art posters, which are available from Mildura City Heart.

Painting will continue tomorrow and over the weekend and Shillidays Lane will be closed between Eighth and Ninth streets until Monday.