They say walls have ears...ours have urban funk!
A long-lasting impression of Lost Lanes will be the addition of two murals down Cadell Place. These two murals takes the total of murals in Cadell Place to six, with four large-scale murals painted down the laneway in 2018 for the inaugural Lost Lanes micro-festival. These murals will add to the vibrancy of the Fitzmaurice Street precinct and will no doubt become an attraction for both locals and visitors.
Through a competitive Expression of Interest process, two talented mural artists were selected to complete the new murals. Meet the successful artists below and learn more about some of the other creatives who will grace the laneway for this year's festival.
MEGGS | large-scale mural
MEGGS is recognised for his large-scale murals and detailed painting that explore a number of themes and combine elements of nature, industry and pop-culture with expressive strokes, flowing paint and colourful abstraction.
He grew up in Melbourne, graduated with a Bachelor of Design in 2000 and is a founding member of the respected street art collective 'Everfresh'. For more than 15 years, MEGGS has travelled internationally producing public art, exhibitions and volunteering with community organisations.
MEGGS is looking forward to coming to Wagga Wagga and has this to say about his upcoming work for Cadell Place:
“The theme I have chosen is ‘river movement’ which is inspired by the significance and flow of the Murrumbidgee River in Wagga Wagga by incorporating native flora, textures and colour. What I seek to communicate with my work is a focus and appreciation for the beauty of nature on a micro level, which then inspires us to better understand the need for conservation and sustainability on a macro level.”
Pictured below is MEGGS with a mural he completed at Puna pool in Hawaii.
Laneway location: rear of Wagga Cycle Centre
Creature Creature | large-scale mural
Creature Creature are an artistic duo consisting of Ambrose Rehorek and Chanel Tang based in Melbourne. Since joining forces in 2011 they have continued to explore themes of togetherness, balance, duality, diversity and harmony within exhibiting art and public art realms.
Ambrose and Chanel have worked on successful projects with organisations such AusPost, Melbourne Water and John Holland Construction as well as numerous Victoria and interstate councils.
Creature Creature love the challenge and opportunity to create visuals for mass appeal that can tell the story of a collaborative process and promote the philosophy of collaboration in art and all aspects of society.
Pictured below is a interior mural completed by Creature Creature at Golden Gai, Chapel Street, Windsor, Melbourne. Photo credit Glen Yeo
Laneway location: rear of Thaigga and Kidsons Cycles
Little Projector Company | live painting
No paint smocks needed for this artwork! Help paint the Cadell Place laneway with this interactive, fun, light installation. Using iPads, get creative with colour and have your artwork projected on buildings down the lane.
Laneway location: near Thirsty Crow Brewing Co.
Chalk it Up | chalk art
Who said chalk is just for chalkboards? Yolanda from Chalk it Up will work her chalk art magic and create a custom Lost Lanes design for the levee wall down the laneway. Once the dust has settled, step back and admire the artwork. Also, get ready to pose in front of the design for the perfect ‘Insta-worthy’ festival snap, don’t forget to use #visitwagga + #lostlanes
Chalk it Up will also have a dedicated Chalk Art Playground for littlies *and not-so-littlies* to draw their own chalk design down the laneway.
Laneway locations: Yolanda’s chalk art magic | Levee wall near Knights Meats & Deli + Chalk Art Playground | Levee wall near Thirsty Crow Brewing Co.
Solar bugs | roving performers
Is it a bird, is it a plane – no it’s solar bugs! These bright, neon bugs will stand tall over the laneway and will come in to land during the day and at night. These guys will no doubt create a buzz!
Laneway location: roving
Lost Lanes 2018 | mural information
In 2018 four large-scale murals were commissioned down Cadell Place as a major feature of the inaugural Lost Lanes micro-festival. Learn more about these murals, and the artists below.
'Like A Bull' by Keo Match
Never too far from pencil and paper (and now trusty iPad), Keo lives a life fueled by creative pursuits. Illustration, graphic design and animation are all creative endeavors Keo finds himself tackling in his day-to-day freelance work.
In recent years, Keo has also taken to “street art”, relishing the challenge of scale and the aroma of spray paint. This has lead him to take on commissioned murals thus, resulting in many great road trips and adventures. Travelling up and down the east and south coasts of Australia, along with the a few jumps overseas as well. No project is out of reach.
Illustrating, painting and directing major projects, to build the arts and culture scene, has been an exciting process. Keo is completely addicted to his chosen profession and the wonderful people he meets. Every project he works on tells a story. Engages the viewer, in the aim of them going away from the work thoughtful and informed of a message they otherwise wouldn’t address.
Laneway location: rear of Knights Meats & Deli
'Local People' by Reubszz
Reubszz is a Sydney-based artist originally from Aotearoa, New Zealand, where he completed his BMA, majoring in painting and illustration. His passion is for large-scale murals using predominantly spray paint.
His art practice is a classical portraiture style with urban contemporary elements.
Reubszz enjoys layering different medians to build up paintings and has created a unique style with an array of self-taught techniques. He has realistic approaches to choosing his subject matter.
In recent years Reubszz has the hope of furnishing his love of public art by giving more back to the community through street murals.
Laneway location: rear of Cadell Place
'Dane Edna' by Ling
Ling is a founding member of the Safehouse Studio and works from the renowned Everfresh Studio in Melbourne. He is a visual artist specialising in the development and delivery of high quality graffiti and street art productions.
With more than 15 years’ experience, Ling has produced numerous large-scale murals both locally and internationally. He has a background in traditional typographic and letter-based graffiti and his recent work looks to combine these aesthetics with that of his childhood.
With Ling’s formative years being through the late 80’s and early 90’s, he borrows imagery, colour schemes and subject matter synonymous with pop culture from that era. Ling’s pieces provide an insight into his sense of humour, as he looks to combine serious figures with those of a more comedic nature to take a less serious approach than that of his peers.
Laneway location: rear of Thirsty Crow
'Medusa' by Ignacio
Ignacio was born in San Sebastian in the Basque Country of Northern Spain. After his studies in Milan he remained in Italy for almost 25 years before moving to Wollongong, Australia with his wife.
In Spain he discovered a passion for comics and drawing at an early age. In Italy he completed his professional training at the European Design Institute and developed design and illustration skills. Now in Australia, Ignacio is pursuing more personal projects.
Everything influences his creativity; from his childhood interests to his broad range of professional experiences, working in a variety of fields including illustration, graphic and textile design.
Ignacio’s works represent the natural and urban environments which surround him, seeking to capture the figurative in essential, stylised forms. He uses a variety of media and techniques including pencil drawings, screen printing, collage, paper casting and painted murals.
Laneway location: rear of Prince of Wales Motel