Artist: David 'Meggs' Hooke
Title: Murrumbidgee Flow
Materials: Exterior Paints, Spraypaint
Location: Cadell Place, (rear of 119 Fitzmaurice St)
Murrumbidgee Flow was commissioned in 2019 to coincide with the second Lost Lanes festival, which was held on June 22nd that year. A tender was called for proposals that explored the history of Fitzmaurice st, and the community’s connection to the Murrumbidgee river. 26 proposals were considered from artists around Australia and the world.
During preparation of his artwork, David Hooke consulted with local Elder Uncle James Ingram about the significance of the site to local Wiradjuri people, and incorporated knowledge about the River Redgum, the Yarran Wattle and the Goanna as totem to Wagga Wiradjuri people.
Meggs said, "Much of my work is based on duality, flow and capturing a moment in time. This mural represents the flow of the Murrumbidgee River as a serpent like brushstroke that runs left to right in colours representing the transition and connection of water to land."
"The background sky tone transitions to black through a texture that symbolises the River Red Gum, which serves as a visual connection between the banks of the river to the sky above."
"Red Gum Eucalyptus leaves and Yarran Wattle leaves flow across the piece, as if blowing in the wind, and connect with a Goanna track, a sign of healthy resources and totem animal of local Wiradjuri people."