Mural on Willans Hill

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Artist: Poncho Army
Title: Untitled
Installed: 2016
Materials: Spray Paint
Location: Willans Hill, Wagga Wagga

The theme for the Willians Hill Reservoir mural is based on water, but more specifically the actual function and purpose of the water tank and the mission of Riverina Water County Council ‘to provide our Community with safe reliable water.’

Poncho Army felt the best way to represent this mission was by painting local children drinking right from the water tap, using their hands as water cups. The children in the mural reinforces that the Riverina Water is safe water - no filters or aquatabs required, unlike people in other parts of the world.

Drinking straight from the tap has as sense of nostalgia for adults. We need water to survive, not glasses, cups or plasticbottles. The children’s hands represent community and working together.

The mural was painted over 2.5 weeks by artist Poncho Army using Montana Black spray paint. This project was a partnership between Riverina Water County Council and Wagga Wagga City Council.

Trina Collins, who works under the pseudonym Poncho Army, is an artist who isn’t afraid to get some paint under her fingernails. Known for her detailed line work, precision cut stencils and signature splatter paint skies, she has appeared in numerous gallery shows, been a finalist in multiple art prizes and exhibited alongside many leading urban and contemporary artists including Banksy, Kid Zoom, ROA, Beastman, Vexta, Reg Mombassa and Anthony Lister.

In June 2012, ArtsHub named Poncho Army as one of the top ten street artists in Australia, that same year she won a 12 month residency at Wollongong City Gallery. Exploding into the art scene in 2013 with her critically acclaimed series ‘Fight or Flight’ Trina began touring her exhibition, running art workshops, and opened Anchors Aweigh Art Studio. Across 2014/15, Trina won multiple EOI public art projects which included painting murals in places around Australia like Albury, Dubbo, Maryborough, Chester Hill, Berkeley, Shellharbour and Wollongong.

Her work is held in collections around the world including New York, Japan, London, Dubai, Los Angeles, New Zealand and Australia. Poncho Army artwork is displayed in the halls of Stanford University Design School (California, USA) and The National Gallery of Australia archive Poncho Army’s works in the Pandora database, which can be accessed by 5200 Australian libraries.