Inflorescence by Mandy Schöne--SalterMandy Schöne--Salter “Inflorescence”

After living in the Blue Mountains for the past 16 years, I have realised that nature can have a positive impact on our lives. Research has shown that being surrounded by nature helps us reduce anxiety and stress as well as increases our attention, creativity and ability to connect with other people.

During the recent drought followed by the black summer bushfires, I have also come to understand how strongly our mental wellbeing is connected to the health of our environment. With this artwork I want the viewer to connect with and learn about our precious native flora and fauna. As Dr. Jane Goodall said   “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help, shall all be saved.”

The artwork includes wildflowers like the white and yellow Paper Daisy, blue Flax Lily, Flannel Flower, Waratah, Grevillea, Correa wild fuchsia and much more. I want this artwork to be eye catching and welcoming visitors to the Shellharbour area as well as celebrate our rich and diverse native flora and fauna. 

Location: Cnr Pioneer Drive and New Lake Entrance Road

Date: 2021

Day Dreamer by Krimsone and Scott NagyDay Dreamer by Krimsone and Scott Nagy

Owning a home to call your own may seem like a dream; the desire for comfortable living is like a fable in a picture book. How might these aspirations of housing growth affecting our local environments?

Location: Cnr Tongarra Road and Halket Ln, Albion Park

Date: 2021

Midnight Showdown by David CraggMidnight Shadow by David Cragg

'Midnight Showdown' is a vibrant mural featuring an abundance of local bird species - an Eastern Yellow Robin, a Bluefaced Honeyeater, a Pink Galah, a Golden Whistler, a Red Browed Finch, a Yellow Tail Black Cockatoo and a Fairy Wren. These birds, combined with ferns, Flannel Flowers and Banksia blooms, foreground a brilliant rust-red and orange mountain range, reflecting the Illawarra escarpment. Twinkling stars float above this scene, meeting the ascending rainbow trees.

Location: Princes Highway Albion Park Rail, in the laneway next to the Albion Park Rail Medical Centre

Date: 2021

A Laughing Matter by Karla HayesA Laughing Matter by Karla Hayes

'A Laughing Matter' depicts street lights, native plants and bird species crowding at the tree line. Acacia blooms, waratahs and gum trees frame two kookaburras laughing centre stage, working together to drive off interlopers. The second kookaburra is a pale cream colour, referencing a unique Illawarra resident, the white kookaburra. Often mistaken for having albinism, these kookaburras have a rare genetic mutation called leucism and are beloved by residents lucky enough to spot them. Rainbow stems dissect the mural, rising through a cloud-speckled sky and reflecting David Cragg's signature rainbow trees in his parallel mural 'Midnight Showdown.'

Location: Princes Highway Albion Park Rail, in the laneway next to the Albion Park Rail Medical Centre

Date: 2021

 

Illawarra Land and Sea by Richard CampbellIllawarra Land and Sea by Richard Campbell

Richard gives us an insight into the meaning behind his work, and his use of visual symbolism to portray narrative and traditional language.

  • Goorawal whale is the totem of this area. The ocean has delivered food for thousands of years we have a significant connection. 
  • Land (Muru) has been looked after by our people for thousands of years. Our mother has provided animals for us to eat and survival of our old people shows what we ate.
  • The circles represent the different areas of this vast area in which we travelled for food and shelter.
  • The old man represents the care takers- looking over the land to ensure our country is safe and they are the custodians of country.
  • Gadhu (ocean) 
  • Mutton fish (Abolone) 
  • Jungah  (octopus)
  • Yaxa  (Crab)
  • Murra (fish)
  • Gadhu njin muru (land and sea people)

Location: Blackbutt Forest Reserve, amphitheater wall

Date: 2021

Binyang Dyiral / Bird Shoal by David CraggBinyang Dyiral / Bird Shoal by David Cragg

Tucked away on the Lake, the suburb of Oak Flats is a hidden gem. A bustling community with breathtaking views to the sunsets across the lake and escarpment. The Binyang Dyiral mural, Dharawal for Bird Shoal, is a homage to the local natural environment, and some of the flora and fauna found upon the lakes edge. A glowing sunset reflects off the Lake, dissected by the distant escarpment. Amongst the intertidal zone, Two Mulgu (Black Swans) appear face to face amongst a bottlebrush bloom. Further along, a cheeky Garrawi (Sulphur Crested Cockatoo) takes front and centre, flanked by a Rainbow Lorikeet and a Kookaburra. She-oaks, wattle, ferns and flannel flowers complete the scene

Location: Reynolds Lane, Oak Flats

Date: 2021

Vibrant Osmosis by Happy Decay

“This particular street artwork is the fusion of two forms of art that I enjoy to paint. When you view the work at either end of the ramps they are quiet different but thought the centre of the skatepark they start to merge and overlap becoming one. One is pattern based and the other is more influenced by an urban style of street art. Both are linked through bright colours and contrast. The work itself can be enjoyed from a distance while also when being up close you can enjoy further details of the work. I wanted the street art to bring a new vibrance to the park so people could further enjoy hanging out there with a positive vibe to it.” - Happy Decay

Location: Albion Park Rail Skate Park

Date: May 2021

Phoenix Rising by Trait 

This mural is a play on the story of the Phoenix Rising. In Trait’s painting, the Black Swans are rising out of the Waratah Flowers in a loving embrace. The artwork incorporates native species found in the region-  the Swans representing the coastal plain; the Waratahs representing the highlands; and the Illawarra Flame Tree flowers represent the escarpment. Faint silhouettes of the native phragmites (reeds) have also been included along the wall in other blank spaces to tie the whole wall together.

Location: Shellharbour Airport, arrivals terminal 

Date: May 2021

Southerly Change By Gus Eagleton 

Gus’s iconic style merges two genders and includes ocean textures and a montage of the foreshore itself. The colour palette has been inspired by the hues of the sunset and represents youthfulness and vitality.

Gus’s photorealistic finish portrays a female figure wearing a hat, a nod to the local area and the community itself.

Gus explores the individual in nature, juxtaposed against the concrete city. 

Location: Addy's restaurant, Addison St, Shellharbour Village 

Date: 2021

Nor Easter by David Cragg 

David Cragg's mural expands approximately 70m across the length of the Shellharbour City Stadium. It features a Kookaburra, Spotted Pardalote and Yellowtail Black Cockatoos. 

Vertical rainbow trees punctuate the composition, paying homage to David’s Bundjalung and Biripai heritage and First Nations People's continued connection to the Dreaming.

Acacia, Grevilleas, Banksias and ferns cluster along the bottom of the wall - primarily pointing south-west, indicating a noreaster breeze blowing.  

David is a multidisciplinary artist of Irish, Scottish and Bundjalung ancestry, working in Dharawhal Country. 
 

Location: Shellharbour City Stadium, 110 Croome Rd, Croom 

Date: 2021

No Place Like Home by Claire Foxton

The work features native flora, fauna and bush food found in the region, including a Moreton Bay Fig, Finger Lime, Cunjevoi Lily and a Superb Fairywren. 

The abstract shapes intersecting the more realistic elements are inspired by various other plant species found on walks through local reserves. 

The colours were chosen to compliment Bendigo Bank's signage with a pop of ultramarine blue to break up the warmth of the palette. 

Claire’s works teeter on the edge of control and intuition, guided by her roots in Design and influenced by Abstract Expressionism. 

Location: Bendigo Bank, Oak Flats (Cnr Griffiths St and Central Ave) 

Date: 2021

Wake up Call by Krimsone and Scott Nagy 

The mural portrays local endangered flora and fauna, including the Swift Parrot, Weedy Sea Dragon, Sandpiper, the Magenta Lilli Pilli, and Chorizema parviflorum, all of which are attempting to wake up the human, as we obnoxiously sleep on their decline.  

Scott paints murals responding to the local landscape, often painting with surreal perspectives and environmental themes. 

Krimsone rarely uses references, exploring his own imagination and turns it into physical marks and colours. 

Location: McKeon Lane, Warilla 

Date: 2021

Stronger Together by Trait 

This mural features four elegant local water birds, their long necks and dramatic features well intertwined to create fluid movement across the wall. It has been designed to represent togetherness in the community, the embrace between different cultures and mutual respect. 

The weatherboard houses portrayed are iconic of the coastal area and Lake Illawarra, where the waterbirds inhabit. Also featured are flowers from the Illawarra Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius), a symbol of our region. 

Trait works with aerosols markers and acrylics on canvas, paper, wood and found objects; dancing on a fine line between realism and surrealism. 

Location: McKeon Lane, Warilla 

Date: 2021 

Future Shade by Sarah McCloskey 

“Future Shade” is painted by Sydney-based artist Sarah McCloskey. The concept is based on the quote “Blessed are those who plant trees under whose shade they will never sit”, which presents the idea of making choices and taking actions, that benefit not yourself but those who come after 

The people represented, including the artist herself and Omar Musa, a NSW writer and poet, plant seeds to create shade for future generations to both enjoy and learn from, and so the cycle continues. 

Location: Oak Flats Library, 61 Central Ave. Oak Flats

Date: 2020

Mural by Mikey Freedom 

The mural by local artist Mikey Freedom reflects the changing face of Shellharbour with reference to the regions many beaches and coastal birdlife.

Location: 58 Towns St, Shellharbour 

Date: 2019

 

Mural by Claire Foxton 

The mural incorporates a coastal botanic design with native species of flora found nearby to waterways, including the Banksia and Maidenhair Fern. 

Location: Warilla Lifeguard Tower, Warilla beach 

Date: 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Banded Bee by Trait 

The Blue-Banded Bee is a native bee in the area and currently under threat. These bees are stingless and are attracted to blue and purple flowers.
Trait has also included plastic toy flowers, which are a playful comment on our increasing plastic environment.

Location:  Warilla Library , 8 Woolworths Ave, Warilla

Date: 2019 

 

 

 

 

'Two heads are better than one' by Poncho Army 

Poncho Army describes her concept as: “I like the idea of putting two heads together to help make a change, to make a difference or to just have someone there to support you. I often use birds in my artworks to represent people as I find it helps engage a community by making the piece not too literal and open for interpretation. Lorikeets are very vibrant and playful birds and are a common sight in the Illawarra”.

Location: 46 Central Ave, Oak Flats

Date: 2018

 

 

 

 

Two Hands by Claire Foxton

Claire describes her mural as representing “the sheer power and possibility of what we can do with our own two hands - whether it be helping a neighbour, expressing ourselves, working hard or educating or empowering othe rs.”

Location: 75 Central Ave, Oak Flats

Date: 2016

 

Warilla Wonderland Mural by Sam Dreams 

This mural is directly linked to the artists personal experience in the Shellharbour area. It signifies her connection to the local, natural environment and represents our coast line community. This mural has been conceptualised with a sense of mystery and magic in mind. It aims to highlight the wonder if our environment and the amazing flora and fauna that I have only just glimpsed at.

Location: Hall Lane & Beverly Avenue, Warilla 

Date: 2018

 


 

Last updated : Fri 10 Sep 2021