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The region’s artistic journey explodes with life after the completion of the third public work of art in the heart of Barraba | The daily leader of the North

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The finishing touches were put on Barraba’s brand new public artwork, located in the heart of the city on Queen Street, on the side of the library. The striking mural is Barraba’s third public artwork, following the completion of Jenny McCracken’s ‘Beyond the Walls’ in Alice Street last year, and the iconic silo artwork ‘The Water Diviner ” by artist Fintan Magee. The extremely proactive Barraba Public Art Committee is behind the projects, and they have no intention of stopping at three. Member Karen Bishton said it was amazing how well the artwork was received not only by locals, but also by people around the world. “The silos were our first and I look at them now and I’m like ‘how did we take this? “, She said. “It was as huge a project as the first one. We didn’t expect the last two to follow each other so quickly, we had a pretty big break last year with COVID and it was just a matter of when we could get the artists here.” Located next to library and council offices, this latest artwork has already had a stunning response, despite only being completed last Friday.Sydney-based artists Scott Nagy and Janne Birkner completed the painting mural, after visiting Barraba in June 2021 to meet community members, investigate the space, explore the area and find inspiration for their concept.” After looking at the space and discovering that the wall is on the much-loved library side, we were inspired to paint the story of a person reading and their imaginations overflowing in the room they’re sitting in,” Scott said. “We like to paint stories that are colorful and dreamlike on tea th of an area’s local flora and fauna, so we incorporated many local animals into the design.” Ms Bishton said that as soon as the artists heard the word library, you could see their imaginations come to life. “I think what was really great about this particular project was the history that people have personally with the library,” she said. “Over generations, the services that libraries provide to us now have become very different, technology-based, from what they were a long, long time ago.” So I think everyone has a story to about a library and there was general consensus and real positivity behind this theme. The mural also depicts local flora and fauna, including the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater. “We’ve consulted a lot with the community over the past few years about the things they like. They love that local birds are included, and local areas like Horton Falls, for example,” Ms Bishton added. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date information to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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