26 September 2023

Festival murals to bring ‘Surface’ to life

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The National Capital Authority (NCA) has announced it is to partner with the ACT Surface Festival to see murals breathe life into the National Triangle in Parkes from tomorrow to Sunday (4-6 March).

According to NCA, the murals will cover 280 square metres of wall, weaving a visual narrative to represent the natural beauty of the Triangle.

“Spreading across two locations – Parkes Way pedestrian underpass and Commonwealth Avenue pedestrian underpass – the project draws together a Festival line-up including Bradley Eastman (Beastman), Eddie Longford, Karri McPherson and Tim Phibs,” the NCA said.

It said Mr Phibs would curate the mural design and focus on the plant and animal life of the National Triangle.

The Authority said Mr Eastman and Ms McPherson would focus on geography, both natural and man-made, while Mr Longford, in consultation with local elders and community, will focus on the rich Indigenous history of the National Triangle.

“These murals are informed by stories and images of the land, lake and cultural precinct at the heart of Canberra,” it said.

The Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate said that as part of the Surface Festival, 35 local and interstate artists will be working across 30 walls and structures to enliven the streets and laneways of Braddon, Civic and the National Triangle with street art, graffiti, portraits, stencils, Indigenous art, geometric and abstract art.

The Directorate said the Festival program also featured a rich events calendar for people to take part in tours, workshops, exhibitions, performances, panel talks and art installations.

Surface is designed to experience at your own pace,” the Directorate said.

“We encourage visitors to move between areas by walking, cycling and using public transport where possible.”

The Surface Festival program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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