Local painter adds to Myall Art Walk beautification

Resident Mike and artist Jeanette Hart at the newly painted power pole.

BEAUTIFICATION of the built landscape continues, even in the face of torrential rain, with another painted pole added to the Myall Art Walk, on the corner of Iluka and Jacob Streets, Tea Gardens.

Local artist Jeanette Hart was commissioned by one resident, Mike, to bring a bit of the fauna reverence to the street corner.

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“Mike spoke to me several times last year, during the painting of the big mural on the public toilets, across from the Tea Gardens Police Station,” Jeanette told NOTA.

“We decided on goannas, or lace monitors, because they are prominent in the area, especially the green ones.

“It took two months to get the necessary approvals from Essential Energy to paint the poles.”

Essential Energy representatives have, however, previously expressed adoration for the use of their poles in such artistic enhancements.

Beginning two years ago as part of the Myall River Art Walk, past artistic efforts have graced several power poles around Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest, all including images that venerate local flora, fauna or avian symbols.

Flannel flowers, cormorants, fish and geckoes adorn several power poles in the area, while other public buildings feature painted pelicans, like at the Lions Lookout, and whales and last year’s NAIDOC Mullet Run mural near Bennetts Beach, and dingoes and waves around the Hawks Nest shops.

Last year’s big project, the dual toilet blocks near Tea Gardens Police Station, was a labour of love and beautification from Jeanette, fellow local artist Chez Rands, and several assistants during the endeavour.

“The new pole has already received many positive comments from passers-by, as it took four days to complete, just before ANZAC Day,” Jeanette added.

Open to more commissions, Jeanette is currently deep in design talks for an echidna-themed indoor mural at the Tea Gardens Hotel, due to start in earnest soon.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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