Mural magic takes you into Casino pool by tricking your eye
IN the heat of the midday sun, graphic artists Ty and Trish Heaven are transforming an ordinary brick wall outside Casino Memorial Pool into something extraordinary.
The couple from Wyrraba have designed and painted a lot of murals and expect Casino’s first outdoor mural to be completed in three weeks time.
“This mural will inspire people to get out and have a go. It isn’t about the money. This mural is on a road that never stops,” Mr Heaven said referring to Centre St, which turns into the Bruxner Hwy.
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.
The art form is known as trompe-l’oeil, a French word for creating an optical illusion, Mr Heaven said.
Ms Heaven is helping her husband paint the 23m wall.
“Ty sketches the drawing and I paint the bricks,” Ms Heaven said.
After a day’s painting and fielding questions from passers-by on how the wall will be protected from graffiti, the Heavens head back to their five acres and watch the tennis on the tele.
The wall is painted with Dulux paint because the red doesn’t fade in the sun. There will be several coats of anti-grafitti sealant on the finished art work.
Local children are featured in the mural and the Heavens hope this will give the community a pride in maintaining the wall in perfect condition.
The mural is 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 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.