Mural to celebrate Geelong rock icon

July 18, 2017 by  

McLarty Place in central Geelong will soon welcome a new eye-catching mural to be painted in celebration of rock icon Chrissy Amphlett.

The Geelong-born singer, actress and songwriter, who died in 2013, found fame as the Australian rock band The Divinyls’ frontwoman.

Amphlett made her movie debut in 1982 in Monkey Grip and featured in the Australian production of Blood Brothers opposite Russell Crowe. She also featured on poster printing across the country during her role as Judy Garland in The Boy from Oz.

The work will be undertaken by Ian Lowe, an accomplished airbrush artist, on the McLarty Place wall located off Little Malop Street in the Laneways precinct.

A Geelong Council spokesman said the mural is among the final enhancements set out in the Revitalising Central Geelong’s Laneways project. To add to the visual experience, he explained that the mural will include an augmented reality or real-world environment attraction.

Meanwhile, Transvaal Square between the waterfront and central Geelong will be enhanced by the installation of the `Grassy Knoll’, created by Damien Elderfield and Lani Fender.

The attraction will feature stainless steel pillars that each host different surfaces with some highly reflective.

City of Greater Geelong Chair Administrator Dr. Kathy Alexander said art is recognised as a great conversation starter, adding:

“It is an essential part of ensuring Geelong is recognised as a Clever and creative city in to the future.”