And enjoy the Avoca Market at the same time. Plus some members and their cars from the Pyrenees Historic Vehicles Club will be there as well. When? Sunday August 28th.
Pyrenees Shire Council has asked Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta Artist Troy Firebrace to design and paint a mural on Cambridge Street, Avoca.
Mr Firebrace will work with Avoca Primary School students to design and paint the mural, with Pyrenees community members also invited to join in with the pavement painting.
“We’re looking forward to having Mr Firebrace in Avoca, bringing with him his years of experience and passion as an artist to explore the area and design something wonderful for our community to enjoy for a long time to come,” Pyrenees Shire Mayor Cr Ron Eason said.
Painting the mural is planned to take place the first weekend in August. If the weather is unfavourable for painting, the brushes will come out the following weekend.
Mr Firebrace is excited to design a mural that will highlight the ancient history that flows along the Avoca River and into the surrounding bushland, while drawing the viewer to explore the rich culture of the area.
“This is such a wonderful way for our school children and community members to learn more about some of our local First Nation’s culture and explore Country through art,” Cr Eason said.
Born in Shepparton, Mr Firebrace’s identity and art practice is strongly influenced by his culture.
“I live and breathe as an Aboriginal man, so my way of living and being with Country sways on my art practice, especially around exploring concepts using modern materials,” Mr Firebrace said.
The pavement mural is part of the Cambridge Street COVID Outdoor Activation Project, funded by the Victorian Government.
Along with the mural, the project will include planting additional shade trees, and installation of seating and feature lighting. These enhancements will help strengthen the link between Avoca’s High Street, the river frontage and the Chinese Garden, while encouraging picnicking and street entertainment.
Painting with Mr Firebrace is planned for August 6 and 7 in Cambridge Street, with all members of the community welcome to come and help. Pyrenees Shire Council will keep the community updated on their Facebook page and website if the painting days change.