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Mid Murray Art Trail Grows


A large-scale art mural is now featured along 60 metres of SA Water pipelines in the Mid Murray region.

Internationally acclaimed SA-based artist Jack Fran has spent the past eight weeks creating the mural off Palmer to Mannum road near the Apamurra turn off.

In the Murray River, Lakes & Coorong Tourism Alliance collaborative project with SA Water, Mr Fran has paid tribute to the region's International Dark Sky Reserve with depictions of planets, along with children looking through telescopes. The region’s Murray River and birdlife has also been signified in the images, with a cheeky looking pelican featured on the mural (see images by David Hartley, above and below).

Bill Nehmy, Murray River, Lakes & Coorong Tourism Development Manager said he is grateful for the community effort in a short space of time as the project had to be coordinated and signed off before the end of the financial year.

"After contacting SA Water to obtain criteria for pipeline art, we received a great boost from SA Water collaborating to get the ball rolling... the challenge was many fold including finding an experienced ambient artist at short notice, channelling through a community organisation, gaining stakeholder agreement on creative and gaining in kind support to enable expansion of the project," Bill Nehmy said.

A number of other groups and businesses helped make project happen, including the Palmer Collier Park Centenary Community Association, Dulux donating paint to support the pilot project, the Mannum Motel providing 4 nights’ accommodation for the artist to enable a better efficiency and less travelling.

He said the project opens up opportunities for future large-scale works in the region, including more water tower and silo murals.

"We anticipate there's going to be a lot more ambient art opportunities on external surfaces in the whole Dark Sky Reserve, which is 3,200 sq km... and Jack's work will be the catalyst for a lot of other opportunities in the region," Bill Nehmy said.

 Hear Jack Fran and Bill Nehmy tell Jennie Lenman more about the project via the play window below:



Story by Jennie Lenman / Photos of Jack Fran's water pipeline artwork taken by David Hartley, River Shack Rentals, supplied