Crystal Brook mural brightens up Bowman Street

The long awaited Crystal Brook mural has come to life and added a pop of colour to Bowman Street.

In the past few months, residents were invited to provide ideas and inspiration for a mural funded through the federal government's Drought Communities Programme.

Prominent themes that emerged were agriculture, history and native flora and fauna.

South Australian artist James Dodd collaborated with Crystal Brook residents, Nukunu and the Port Pirie Regional Council to develop the final design.

Emerging Nukunu artist Jessica Turner has also contributed to the design and was joined by local artists Kylie Coomblas, Jess Crawford and Hugh Avery to assist with painting the mural.

Mr Dodd said it feels great to finally see the design come to life on what was once a plain wall.

"This is a chance where we get to breathe out a bit and really enjoy the process," he said.

"Everyone has worked really hard to get to this point. It has been very thorough and we are really happy to be here.

"People are coming past and giving us lots of great feedback already and it is clear that people are keen and everyone is keen for more murals as well."

Mr Dodd said the timely process was important to ensure the mural represented the community and its culture.

"It was a multi-stage process beginning with a bit of written feedback from the community to ask them what they felt represented the community and then I took some of that and turned it into a range of images," he said.

"That was then responded to again by the community and we then presented some final mock ups. There was definitely a request for more colour, which we have done."

Mr Dodd said the tractor was "outstandingly popular" and the newest additions to the final design include eucalyptus and 'George the Peacock' who lives at Bowman Park.

Along with George, Nukunu artist Jess Crawford worked with Mr Dodd to incorporate Indigenous art into the mural.

"Support drawings in there included a peacock called George and all local kids are fond of George, so it was a very strong sentiment to get George in as well," he said.

"These four rings represent the four significant congregation sites for traditional owners of this land through this region.

"Public art generally is a more permanent representation of culture in regional communities.

"We wanted to make a mural which can represent agricultural history, some of the contemporary history as well as a strong nod to Indigenous cultures."

When asked if he had a message he would like to share with the Crystal Brook community, Mr Dodd said: "I celebrate their enthusiasm for murals and can't wait to see the next one."

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