Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Benalla Street Art

Flicking through the Benalla tourism book on the way home from a very wet weekend roadtrip, one of the first things to catch my eye was the Wall to Wall Street Art project. Images of the artworks almost popped out of the pages - stunning murals, portraits and abstract art in vivid colours and incredible detail. 
Rain, hail or shine - we had to stop and have a look, and we were not disappointed.
A quick visit to the the Visitor Information Centre, and advice from a very friendly staff member, had us armed with a Street Art Trail map and cruising the streets.

Benalla Street Art

The works began in March 2015, and continue to be added to the town's landscape. Some signage remains of the inaugural Wall to Wall Street Art Festival, which was staged again this year and the organisers hope for it to become an annual event.
Benalla Street Art Other artworks have been added since the map was printed, leading to surprise discoveries on the sides of buildings... 
Benalla Street Art...in carparks...
Benalla Street Art

...and in laneways inbetween.
Benalla Street Art
Benalla Street Art

Local tributes include the nearby Winton Motor Raceway...
Benalla Street Art

...and my favourite - Ned Kelly polishing his iron mask.
Benalla Street Art

Where: Benalla  
When: Daily 
Why: public art 
How Much: FREE to walk around and explore
Nearby: Winton Wetlands


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