Published on Dec 6, 2019
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Two new murals unveiled
November saw the completion of two new murals for Kurri Kurri.
The Women of World War I mural was created by local artists Peter Sesselmann and Stevi Cannon and is located on the Allworth Street wall of the Kurri Kurri Library. This mural recognises the role of working class women to support the war effort and reflects the resilient character of Kurri Kurri during WWI. It also includes local identity Maud Butler who dressed as a boy and stowed away, only to be discovered and sent home.
The mural is based upon historical photographs with a “Modern Pop Art” graphic look giving a contemporary feel with the use of colour. Australian Army colours were chosen to reference the local and historical events.
The Kurri Kurri Hospital mural was undertaken as part a community project to enhance and activate an outdoor space within the Hospital grounds, for use by the community, patients, families, staff and volunteers. The mural was created by artist Daniel and the historical photographs that inspired this mural include the original Hospital building; a horse-drawn ambulance used by the Hospital; a group of miners who helped build the fence around the Hospital and a Hospital garden party in 1911.
Pit Horse Statue update
Production of the life size bronze statue of a pit horse, skip and wheeler is well underway with installation expected around April 2020. The statue will be located in Rotary Park Kurri Kurri
The funding for this project has been achieved through the outstanding fundraising efforts of local volunteers and the support of a range of sponsors, including a $50,000 donation by the Mineworkers Trust.
Towns With Heart Inc is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation that operates and manages the Kurri Kurri Visitor Centre, Murals Project, Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival, Towns of Murals Art Show, Lost Diggers of Weston and Field of Honour. Towns With Heart Inc is proudly funded by Cessnock City Council under the Advance Cessnock City partnership. New volunteers are welcome at Kurri Kurri Visitor Centre, 199 Lang Street, Kurri Kurri or phone 02 4936 1909.
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