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Project Laneway; a work of art

Project Laneway; a work of art

The latest art installation in the heart of the Swan Hill CBD is now complete.

A popular laneway has been transformed in to a walk thru public art gallery and will be officially opened this Friday.

Located near the pedestrian crossing in Campbell Street, this laneway now boasts six 2.4 metre by 2.4 metre murals of flora and fauna native to our region.

Artists Kerryn Finch and Paul Oswin created all six pieces, capturing the natural beauty of Swan Hill and surrounds.

The artworks are attached to custom steel frames that will allow the artwork to be changed periodically.

Council’s Director Development and Planning Adam McSwain said the finished project was a fantastic asset to Swan Hill.

“The laneway’s appearance has been dramatically improved through this project,” Mr McSwain said.

“The design will allow pieces to be changed in the future, giving us the chance to showcase the talents of different local artists and ensuring the laneway remains a point of interest in the community.

“This project has also drastically improved the safety of the laneway with new LED lights, a security camera and safer, more even surface making the area safe for pedestrians at anytime of the day or night.”

Council invites all members of the community to the official opening this Friday, 8 July at 12pm.

The Mayor Les McPhee will officially open the laneway, with local artists Kerryn and Paul also attending to speak about the inspiration behind the artwork and to provide an insight into the behind the scenes process of taking ideas from mind to mural.

This project was made possible thanks to funding from the State Government’s Public Safety Infrastructure Fund and Council.