CIVIC PRIDE: Richmond Valley mayor Ernie Bennett with Trish and Ty Heaven in front of the Casino Pool wall that will be adorned with an aquatic-themed mural.
CIVIC PRIDE: Richmond Valley mayor Ernie Bennett with Trish and Ty Heaven in front of the Casino Pool wall that will be adorned with an aquatic-themed mural. Ross Kendall

Brushing away the blandness with new art program

THE first brush strokes of a new mural for the wall of the Casino Memorial Pool were applied yesterday as part of the Richmond Valley Council's public art program.

The council has made a long-term commitment to provide $25,000 a year to the program, which aims to convert blank spaces into creative spaces, Mayor Ernie Bennett said.

"We have a number of blank spaces across the shire. With our arts and cultural program we wanted to take some of that blandness away," he said.

"The pool wall mural will have a multicultural attitude, scenes of the pool and other activities.

"It will provide a bit of civic pride."

The work is being created by husband and wife team Trish and Ty Heaven from Doubtful Creek.

They have been graphic artists for more than 40 years, and got introduced to the council when they volunteered to renovate an existing mural at the Casino community centre.

"Its going to amazing what the council is doing," Mr Heaven said.

The mural will be a "trick of the eye", and depict a wall with holes in it so people think they can actually see into the pool.

If all goes well the mural will be ready for Australia Day.

The next project in the public art program is a mural for the Casino library wall, to be followed by an art installation at Evans Head.

This could be a sculpture of a big surfboard or big malibu to show appreciation for the local surf culture, Cr Bennett said.

There are also plans to develop a sculpture trail along Goanna Headland at Evans Head.



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