Wall to Wall Festival 2017

Art and culture aren’t things that one typically associates with country towns.  But that couldn’t be further from reality when one considers my hometown of Benalla, Victoria.  Benalla not only has an awesome art gallery and a stellar performing arts centre, but it is the home to the annual Wall to Wall street art festival.

 

Now in it’s third year, Wall to Wall is responsible for some incredible pieces of artwork that are dotted around the town.  Last week, artists began staking out their spots and sketching.  On Saturday I took my camera for a walk to take a look at the works in progress.

 

This year’s offerings are varied and colourful, with a number of amazing 3D pieces included in the mix.  If you have the means to travel to Benalla one weekend, I suggest you do so and take a long walk and gaze upon the amazing works of art that are dotted around the walls and pavements of this town.

 

As part of the festival, The Wall to Wall committee organized a giant community paint-by-numbers.  Everyone was invited to come along and join in to create an amazing painting.  Sadly, I’d forgotten that this was taking place and I was a tad too dressed up to muck in with the painters.  I wish that I’d worn jeans instead so that I could have joined in the fun.

 

 

Do you have a favourite piece?

 

 

 

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The Benalla Mural

We had a slew of gorgeous days last week, which piqued my motivation to take some photos around town.  Since I moved back to the country at the start of the year, I’ve been keen to share some of the special places in my hometown with you.  I’ve already written about our beautiful Rose Garden and the Art Gallery.  Today, I’m going to take you on a little tour of the Benalla Mural.

The mural sits on the foreshore of the lake, on the opposite side to the Art Gallery.  From the top of the mural, you can see the bridge that joins the two halves of the town, the gallery, the swimming pool and the botanical gardens.

The ceramic mural was built in 1983, and has had a series of facelifts and improvements since then.  It’s a beautiful place to visit.  When I was a teenager, I would bring my book down here after school to read.  Sometimes, Ross and I would take a picnic lunch and eat it while sitting in the ceramic seats that are carved into the side of the mural.

See that little hole in the wall over there?  It’s a crawl-space, barely big enough for a child to fit into.  It has a sky-light that’s built in to the top deck of the mural.  I tried to climb into it to take some photos, but I’m just too big!  So I stuck my camera through the hole, snapped away and hoped for the best.

This here is a thongaphone.  What you’re supposed to do is remove your thong (of flip-flop, depending on which part of the world you’re from), and bang it against the tubes.  It makes a very odd sound.  Sadly, on the day I visited the mural I was wearing boots, so I couldn’t give you a demonstration.

There are all kinds of mosaics at the mural.  I like these little birds, which are dotted about all over the place.

This is the roof of one of the under-cover portions of the mural.

The mural is a really fun place to explore.  It’s a nice spot to bring a picnic and there are plenty of great spots to take photos.  If you’re ever in Benalla, I recommend checking it out.

I hope you enjoyed this little peek at one of my hometown’s most fascinating places.