By Jackson Russell
A Seymour eyesore is in the process of being transformed into a work of art.
Art Attack Seymour will decorate the town’s railway underpass with a series of street art murals showcasing the best of what the region has to offer.
The $158,000 project was funded by the State Government’s Pick My Project, receiving the second-most votes in the Goulburn region.
Port Melbourne street art studio 90 Degrees designed and is now working on the murals which will feature depictions of Seymour’s history, agriculture, nature and industry.
Project managers Bruce Johnstone and James Hall started the process 18 months ago with one of the goals of the project to bring more tourism to Seymour.
“People in Seymour tend to get down on where they live but there’s no reason for it,” Mr Johnstone said.
“This whole mural is going to be over four walls and it’s really to showcase the best of what Seymour has.
“There are so many things – agriculture, wineries, the river – all sorts of things.”
Mr Hall said the design was a collaboration between 90 Degrees, project partner Seymour We Want, community groups and the broader community.
“The first wall will be showcasing parts of Seymour’s history and what the industry’s about and showcasing some of the old buildings and heritage, a bit of the trains and a little bit of military,” he said.
“In the centre wall, we’ll have fauna and flora so native wildlife around Seymour.
“The next wall will showcase the Goulburn River as well because a lot of people don’t realise the river surrounds Seymour, and the town is centred in the heart of the river so that’s where the inspiration mostly came from.”
The process to finally get some paint on the walls was a long one, with Mr Johnstone and Mr Hall having to liaise with five different federal, state and local government bodies – ARTC, VicTrack, V/Line, Regional Roads Victoria and Mitchell Shire Council.
“Getting them to agree on this was really hard work and we’re both volunteers but we finally got the paperwork sorted and now is the fun bit,” Mr Johnstone said.
“We are so stoked. To come around the corner today and see this with colour on the wall is incredible. It’s really, really inspiring.”
The project is expected to be finished by the end of September.