Artist keeps his laneway vision under wraps

WARRNAMBOOL artist Nathan Pye is tight-lipped on his plans for Piccolo Lane.

Pye, a graphic design and media teacher at South West TAFE, will begin the mural at the Liebig Street laneway on Friday night as part of Warrnambool’s 2014 Wunta Fiesta.

An F Project member, Pye said the work would be a surprise but people could expect something bright and vibrant.

The work will be performed with aerosol and hand painting in an eight-metre by three-metre space.

Pye said he hoped to get the foundations of the work finished on Friday night and continue to work on the project on Saturday.

“It’s an incredible opportunity,” he said.

“I really hope it will turn into something that will happen every year.

“It’s something that could be awesome. It’s another thing that could bring people into Warrnambool.

“We’ve got an abundance of laneways.”

Friday’s festivities tie in with Warrnambool’s Laneways Festival that is developing the city’s laneways as places for artistic expression.

Liebig Street is set to be the centre of the opening night’s activities with the return of the Friday night street party and Premier Denis Napthine and Mayor Michael Neoh set to battle it out in a waiter race

The southern end of Liebig Street will be closed to traffic for the evening with the festivities kicking off at 6pm and live music will be performed throughout the area.

The traditional launch will be held Friday morning with a breakfast on the Civic Green from 7am, followed by the running of the Undy 500 down Liebig Street.

Wunta chairwoman Catherine Williams said preparations were well under way and traders were looking forward to the street party.

She said it would be great if the event ensured people explored the bottom end of Liebig Street and see what it has got to offer.”

“We really want people to take in the experience,” she said.

“A lot of businesses have put themselves out there.”

On Saturday there will be a Beats at the Lake event featuring DJs at Lake Pertobe from 2pm till 11pm. 

The Warrnambool Botanic Gardens will host a Jazz in the Gardens event with bands playing from 11.30am till 6pm and gourmet local produce on Saturday. 

On Saturday night there will be Movies Under The Stars from 8pm on the Civic Green.

On Sunday local bands will perform at Live at the Lake from 11am till 6pm at Lake Pertobe. There will also be a show ‘n’ shine event and market at Lake Pertobe on Sunday.

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