Art an added at­trac­tion at Moyhu Lions Park

Wangaratta Chronicle - - King Valley News -

MOYHU is set to be­come a part of the bur­geon­ing ru­ral art trail scene thanks to a stun­ning mu­ral which has just been painted at the Moyhu Lions Park.

An ini­tia­tive of the Moyhu Lions Club and funded en­tirely by the club with the help of com­mu­nity sup­port, the mu­ral has been cre­ated by Tim Bowtell, a renowned artist from the Swan­pool area who is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to the an­nual Wall to Wall Fes­ti­val in Be­nalla and whose work can be see all around the re­gion.

The im­age on the rest room wall was painted from a black and white photograph of “lo­co­mo­tive 2A”, the first pas­sen­ger train which ran from Wan­garatta to Whit­field in 1899.

The lo­co­mo­tive was one of two in ser­vice when the line was opened and also used to build the line, and there is rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Moyhu sta­tion sig­nage and a dis­tance marker show­ing 162 rail­way miles from Mel­bourne.

Mr Bowtell said the mu­ral was ap­plied to a freshly ren­dered wall and took about four days to com­plete and he is very happy with how it came up.

“It’s ac­tu­ally the best sur­face I’ve ever painted on and it came to­gether re­ally quickly,” he said.

“A huge num­ber of peo­ple stopped to look and take pic­tures while I was do­ing it, which was re­ally great.”

They’re not the only ones im­pressed with the re­sult, with project co­or­di­na­tor Max Baker say­ing it was even bet­ter than the club had hoped for.

He said the idea for the mu­ral was to cel­e­brate the re­gion’s his­tory and cre­ate a new at­trac­tion for the town – and he’s pleased they se­lected some­one with the right ex­per­tise to do it.

“It looks fan­tas­tic and we hope it will lure more vis­i­tors and en­cour­age them to stop in Moyhu,” he said.

“It’s a talk­ing point - and at the same time it has his­toric sig­nif­i­cance for the com­mu­nity.”

While the mu­ral is cur­rently un­der wraps, all will be re­vealed when an of­fi­cial open­ing is held at the an­nual gar­den expo be­ing held in the Moyhu Lions Park on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20 at 11am - with ev­ery­one wel­come to at­tend.

The gar­den expo will be a mega mar­ket with a host of at­trac­tions in­clud­ing pro­duce, plant and craft stalls along with demon­stra­tions and dis­plays by lo­cal com­mu­nity groups.

ARTIS­TIC IM­PRES­SION: Pro­fes­sional artist Tim Bowtell has been hard at work on site at the Moyhu Lions Park where he has cre­ated a mu­ral which will be of­fi­cially un­veiled dur­ing the gar­den expo on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20.

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