Painting the murals on Nimbim shopfronts in 1973 during the Aquarius Festival.
Painting the murals on Nimbim shopfronts in 1973 during the Aquarius Festival. File Photo

Iconic murals need your help

IT HAS been five years since Nimbin artist Benny Zable completed major restoration work on Nimbin's iconic murals.

The murals are now in need of more work and the 64-year-old says he no longer has the energy to do the job.

“The last time it took me two years,” Mr Zable said.

The murals have been part of the village streetscape since the 1973 Aquarius festival, although none of the original works remain.

The current murals were painted by Mr Zable, Burri Jermone, Elspeth Jones and other artists.

“We need some fresh energy,” Mr Zable said.

An application to Lismore City Council for $5000 to develop a strategy to restore, manage and develop the mural project was knocked back.

The Nimbin Chamber of Commerce has now set up its own special fund for the murals' restoration and is calling on the community to donate to it.

Chamber president Peter Wise said the village mustdevelop a strategy for themurals.

“Every day you see many visitors photographing the murals – they are very important,” he said.

“They are unique.”

Mr Zable said he would like to see a fresh approach to the way the murals were exhibited.

Currently they are painted directly on to the buildings.

However, Mr Zable said it would be better if the work was painted at ground level on to materials that were designed for murals.

Fresh works could be put up and taken down with ease, he said.

“It would be like a rotating exhibition,” Mr Zable said.

Donations can be made the Mural Fund Account at the Summerland Credit Unit: acc-ount number 22279160, BSB 802 222.

Collection tins have also been placed in Nimbin shops.



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