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27 November 2019
The side of Horsham’s Centre for Participation building in Urquhart Street has transformed into a surge of colour following completion of a piece of street artwork.
Melbourne graffiti artist Dan Wenn, from creative studio 90 Degrees, worked with the municipality’s youth to create the 4.8 by 7.5-metre mural.
The work is meant to depict a diverse group of people putting their hands up to participate and get involved.
Centre for Participation learning and development manager Robbie Millar said money from the State Government’s Graffiti Prevention Grants allocated to Horsham Rural City Council funded the project. The graffiti grants program aims to teach people the difference between legal artwork and illegal graffiti.
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Mr Millar said the mural supported the organisation’s work in crime prevention with different youth organisations, and involved its ‘Young G’ multicultural group.
He said Wenn ran anti-graffiti education and painting workshops with young people to teach art skills and help them contribute to the piece.
“It was the same bucket of money that Horsham Rural City Council worked with to do the wall outside of Coles,” he said
“We had Dan come down and run the workshops, teach 12 young people skills and work with us to develop an idea.
“We really were after an image of participation and diversity, because here in the Wimmera we are a very diverse region and that’s only continuing to grow.”
Mr Millar said the result was a piece of art that showed people it was possible to do something good with their art skills instead of creating illegal graffiti.
“And the other benefit is that we are obviously rid of a plain white wall,” he joked.
– Lotte Reiter
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