The Story Behind This Mural
This mural depicts the Crimson Bottlebush (Callistemon cintrinus) which was declared the floral emblem of Maryborough in 1957. This species is native of coastal areas of eastern Australia. It is probably Australia’s best known bottlebrush and is widely cultivated. The bright red flower-spikes appear in both summer and autumn. It grows well in wet conditions and is generally described as bright red, tipped with dark anthers. Bees and small birds are frequently seen around the flowers. They can be seen in many trees in gardens in Australia and are often planted on roadsides.
About the Artist
The artist, EJ Zyla from the Sunshine Coast, is a very talented self-taught artist with a predisposition for fine arts. She is a multi-disciplined artist who specialises in Murals, Digital and traditional illustration as well as mixed media artworks. The artist generously waived her commission for this mural and painted it for free.
Contributors to this Mural
The Maryborough Mural Project relies entirely on the generosity of volunteers and sponsors from our local community. The Committee would like to thank Mrs Tracey Christoffel, Mr Mal Finlayson, Ms Tracey Gray, Mrs Dawn Vanderwolf, Mr Trevor Dyer, Mr Robert Waye, Mr Rai Whitten and Ms Christine Darvell for their time and expertise in coordinating this mural. We would also like to thank Mr Brett Peters for the provision of scaffolding used by the artist, Heather Locke from VIP Realty for her property management support and Kay Morgan Psychology for providing secure storage for the artist during mural production. The Committee would also like to thank the building owner, Fotis Kakaroubus, and the following businesses for their kind and generous sponsorship of this mural.