About the Maryborough Mural Project
The Maryborough Mural Project aims to revitalise the City Centre through Art and is modelled on the success of other towns that have achieved success in rebuilding their town through a focus on murals and installations that have become a significant tourist attraction. The town of Chemainus in Canada (http://muraltown.com) and Sheffield, Tasmania (http://www.sheffieldmurals.com) are examples for our project.
Maryborough lends itself to such a project because:
- it has a small compact city centre;
- there is a need to revitalise its city centre;
- it has no permanent tourist attraction;
- the city is attractive and pretty and would lend itself to artistic individuals;
- the city already has an artistic community;
- its on a major highway and has access to opportune traffic and also an already established tourist market on the Fraser Coast and in Rainbow Beach which it can tap;
- a significant number of large bare walls within the city centre which are ideal sites for murals; and
- a supportive community with an interest in revitalizing the city centre.
We anticipate two Mural design themes: – P.L. Travers and Mary Poppins and Maryborough and its history
The historical theme aims to emphasise Maryborough’s people and fill the remainder of our sites/streets and build on Maryborough’s rich heritage – early settlement and immigration, Maryborough airport, cane, engineering, farming, timber, shipping, sporting, indigenous and specific natural history will complement the current heritage activities of the city and tap its rich potential. This theme will also link into Maryborough’s historic open house activities, which showcase Maryborough’s historic architectural designs, homes, and artisan skills and Duncan Chapman statue and WW1 involvement.
No advertising is allowed in the design of the Murals, unless it was suitably historical or relevant to the time, theme and place of the art. Celebrating historical events or notable business history is allowed as long as it is relevant to the Town’s history.