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6 months ago
DM Graphics

We did it!! What an amazing night my 11 year old son Harry (volunteer painter of "pants, rocks and stuff") and I had at the Australian Street Art Awards!

Winning the Best External Mural in Australia is incredible! It was very gratifying to be chosen among some fantastic pieces of public art from Darwin, Geelong and the rest of the country.
Sharing the experience with my young son is extra special!

I personally want to say thank you to all the volunteers (see below), artists and committee members of the Kapunda Mural Town Project. I think we need to have a get together to celebrate this amazing award!

Thanks to the many people who have liked, shared and commented on the facebook posts. It is very overwhelming. There are a lot of people and businesses in Kapunda who are excited with this result. This accolade will hopefully provide Kapunda with more people interested to visit and check out our murals and services.

Thanks to the organisers of the Australian Street Art Awards for putting on such a great event. I’m sure a lot of other small rural towns will benefit from the exposure this competition brings.

The Lucas Street mural ultimately took a couple of years (approx. 1,272 hours) to complete and I would like to take this opportunity again to thank the following people for their involvement...

Local artist Mal Craig who developed the initial concepts for the mural artwork.

Rob Grocke for cleaning and painting the undercoat on the wall.

There were approx. 15 local artists and volunteers that helped with many hours of painting; Trish Geue, Pauline Campbell, Irene Woodcock, Jill Innes, Kevin Doherty, Maxine Donald, Maureen Altus, Kath O'Connor, Beth Wreford, Barb Zwartz, Anne Patterson, Alicia Jones, Helen Ryan and my lad Harry Menzel.

A special mention goes to the dedication of Mandy Westover, who made herself available every time volunteers were scheduled to paint. She was great company and did a fantastic job (especially the tricky parts!). Mandy must have done over 100 hours of painting – I can never thank her enough.

Robert and Karen from the (former) newsagency for allowing me to take over the back of their shop with jars of paint!

My brother Kym Menzel also did a great job spraying the graffiti coat.

If I missed anyone I am truly sorry.

There is also the dedication of mural committee members who make it possible for these murals to come to life: Bill Adams, Deane Rohrlach, Anne Gonaus, Mal Craig, Trish Sweet and the tireless work of Maxine Donald.

Lastly, I'd like to thank the supporters and tourists who appreciate what we are trying to achieve and make Kapunda a great place to stop and look around!
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Congratulations Danny, Harry and team! So well deserved! Danny your work has always been amazing 🎉🌟

Congratulations! And we’re so lucky to have it in our town 😄

Well done Danny and crew, a great reward for all your effort and man hours👍

Wowee Danny! Congratulations!

Well done mate that’s bloody awesome stuff!

Well deserved Maws and all your crew !! Great stuff !!!!

Huge CONGRATULATIONS

Awesome job 🌟

Well deserved Danny. Congratulations

🧑🏻‍🎨🥇

Good work neighbour!

Congratulations 👏🥂

What a win, what a team, well deserved Danny 🎉🥂👏👏

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7 months ago
DM Graphics

The Kapunda Lucas St Mural is a finalist in the Australian Street Art Awards!
Super proud of all the volunteers who helped and to be chosen along with some amazing murals around Australia.
Looking forward to awards in Sunshine Coast on March 2nd. Fingers crossed!! 🤞🤞🤞

Here is a media release...

Kapunda Mural Recognised Among Australia’s Best Street Art Drawcards

A large mural in Kapunda’s Lucas Street has been named as one of the best public art experiences in the nation.
The mural, which depicts the town’s history, has been shortlisted for the 2020 Australian Street Art Awards’ Best External Mural gong.
The winners in all eight Australian Street Art Awards categories will be announced on Tuesday 2 March on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Awards Director, Liz Rivers, said “The Awards showcase destinations like Kapunda that are using outdoor art to transform their street scapes, while educating travellers about the magnificent array of publicly-accessible art that can be found in every corner of the country.
“Securing a finalist berth in the prestigious Awards further cements the Light Region, Barossa and Clare Valley's reputation as bucket list destinations not just food and wine loving tourists, but also for those who seek out art experiences,” Ms Rivers said.
Judging focussed on the way the art has been used to attract visitors and bring the local community together safely under the challenging COVID-19 conditions. “With COVID restrictions on indoor numbers in most states and territories, street and public art is a free gift to every traveller,” Ms Rivers said.
The judges commented that it was inspirational to assess nominations like this one where the project has such deep meaning for so many people in the community.
The left-hand half of the mural is a recreation of an 1871 photograph of store owner Robert Brewster and his family alongside a local family enjoying a car ride circa 1910, but it was the right-hand half of the mural that really impressed the judges.
“We love that this section is an artistic reproduction of the Lord Palmerston Hotel and J. Harden Confectionery building in the exact location where those businesses once stood, even though the original building was demolished in 1968,” the judges said.
Arts tourists from within Australia are high value visitors – they stay 42.8% longer and spend 55.9% more when travelling than domestic tourists overall, according to the Australia Council for the Arts’ Domestic Art Tourism: Connecting the Country 2020 Report.
“Australia has a long history of creating sculptures, monuments and other street art that is captivating to visitors. However, until two years ago there was no way of rewarding towns and precincts that created these art-related experiences for visitors. The Australian Street Art Awards has remedied that shortcoming,” Ms Rivers said.
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You are a very talented

Awesome effort !!

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