Maryborough street art among Aussie’s best

TWO Maryborough street art installations are receiving massive praise on a national level.

A view of the Gallipoli to Armistice War Memorial looking down Adelaide Street. PHOTO: Shaun Ryan.

The Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial at Queens Park and the Maryborough Mural Project have been nominated as finalists in the 2020 Australian Street Art Awards.

Organisers of the awards have been releasing the names of the finalists in the different categories on Facebook.

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The Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial is a finalist in the Best Monument or Memorial category.

The Maryborough Mural Project is up for the Best Street Art Trail award.

The Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial is a World War One memorial and features Lieutenant Duncan Chapman, the first Allied soldier to set foot ashore at Gallipoli, at its centre.

Lt Chapman was born in Maryborough.

The Australian Street Art Awards said the judges loved that the role Lt Chapman played in history was the inspiration for what evolved into the multi-faceted memorial.

The memorial, located in the magnificent Queen’s Park near Sussex and Adelaide streets, includes a trail along which you can listen to audio stories and come face-to-face with numerous characters who helped pull the Allies to victory.

Meanwhile, the Maryborough Mural Project features an amazing 39 murals.

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The Australian Street Art Awards said the Heritage City was fast becoming known as a ‘mural town’, with many visitors travelling hundreds of kilometers to see the artworks’.

The Facebook post announcing the project’s nomination said there are two 2km of “bright swirls, interesting characters, mesmerising strokes, and fascinating history – like the depiction of a local girl who, back in the 1930s, sat astride a giant croc!”

Winners will be announced on March 2 on the Sunshine Coast.

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