Mural Broken Hill
Mural captures history – a celebration
Artist Lisa King designed this mural [in] Broken Hill celebrating the original owner of this property Dr MacGilivray, his family and his interests in ornithology & conservation work. Lisa King has been able to build on elements from history and design a mural that is modern and has a contemporary outlook.
Broken Hill Art Exchange facilitated the design process and made the connection with Lisa King; an Adelaide based street artist recognised for her work that has been labelled ‘colourfully angelic yet seemingly dark’.
“Having a mural painted on one of our street-facing walls has given us the opportunity to create an experience for guest that goes beyond just providing a room to sleep in; it is an experience and a glimpse of the town’s heritage” says Christine Hugo.
We have realised that today’s traveller are looking for unique experiences and a holiday with opportunities to engage with local stories. We see our mural as just that, an entry point for guests to be involved with the rich culture that forms part of the heritage of Broken Hill.
Key insight taken from working on a project of creating value for the visitor
A key learning taken from this project is how we have been able with the creative skills of Lisa to acknowledge the heritage of this building and also at the same time make a contribution to building a heritage for the future of this city.
Culture and creativity means many things to many people and can be a subject hard to define, therefore it is important to have a point of ‘real’ reference that can define the destination. We believe that with the composition, the way that Lisa has arranged our mural can be our unique draw card that defines us as a destination in Broken Hill.
What has also been part of this great experience is the attention that we received from locals of Broken Hill. Many people have come to see the work while it was in progress and they have shared their stories of what they remember of Dr MacGillivray and the other doctors that later resided here. The ‘first tinned roof and brick built’ house in Broken Hill has been and still is a meeting point where people are sharing their stories.
Connecting with mural in a wider contexts
Murals are being painted in many cities; new kinds of street-art are being formulated, and new outlets like grain silos are turning into large canvases. These new development are creating trails through regional and rural areas which are having a profound impact on the regions.
Broken Hill mural
From the perspective of Broken Hill many artists have used the public streets to share their talents from very early days, hence therefor a historical richness. The Murals that can be seen around town depict tales of significant events from the height of the city’s mining and union days, to newer ones that contribute a different aspect. Some murals illustrate unique outback characters with hints towards the down to earth humour present in the region. Rumour has it that the famous Broken Hill artist Pro Hart [Link] has left numerous murals underground, which he completed during his break while working in the mines.