Visitors are flocking to the South West town of Collie to see the State Government’s $1.5 million Collie Mural Trail, including the biggest dam mural in the world.
The Collie Mural Trail town walls component of the project is nearing completion, with 12 town murals painted in recent weeks and four more to be painted next week.
Fifteen Western Australian artists and one from interstate were selected to paint the town murals with their designs including references to the history of Collie, Aboriginal culture and the natural environment.
The centrepiece of the trail is the Wellington Dam’s impressive 8,000 square metre mega-mural being painted by Australian artist Guido van Helten.
The artwork is inspired by local stories and photographs as van Helten spent time in town to understand the community and created a design that reflects them.
But the final design is yet to be revealed, and can only be discovered by watching the wall being painted in real time, so people are travelling to see it unfold.
During the Collie Mural Trail installation, the number of visitors through the Collie Visitor Centre more than doubled, with steady numbers continuing.
The Collie Mural Trail project is part of the State Government’s plan to diversify the local economy and deliver sustainable jobs through developing industries including tourism.