Laneways awash with aquatic art

TWO of Warrnambool’s laneways will take on an oceanic theme this weekend as part of the final Laneway Festivals of the season.

In Liebig Lane on Saturday, Warrnambool artists Rachel Peters, Delia Crabbe and Shelley Knoll-Miller will hang a range of artworks constructed from man-made debris found washed up on south-west beaches, while over in Timor Walk, David Higgins will spend Saturday and Sunday creating a marine-themed mural on the side of the MGA Insurance Brokers building.

Peters said the Liebig Lane project — dubbed Echoes Of The Sea — was an attempt to encapsulate the relationship between south-west residents and the ocean over the past tens of thousands of years.

Indigenous artists Tracey and Mariah Roach contributed symbols from their heritage to the show the cultural significance of the sea and fishing to their community, while other sections of the display will recognise the role whaling played in Warrnambool’s early days.

Artists Rachel Peters (left) and Shelley Knoll-Miller prepare for this weekend’s oceanic-themed laneway festival finale. 140512LP16 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Artists Rachel Peters (left) and Shelley Knoll-Miller prepare for this weekend’s oceanic-themed laneway festival finale. 140512LP16 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

“There’ll be activities on the day, such as kids can make their sea creatures ... and we’ll be handing out fishy facts and some of Shelley Knoll-Miller’s cartoons,” Peters said. 

“It’s about celebrating the bounty of the sea and the different communities from here and how they’ve benefited from it and pointing out the delicate balance.”

There will also be music by local Celt-pop band Aniar, plus puppets and other activities. It all runs from 11am to 2pm. Over in Timor Walk, David Higgins will be painting for much of the weekend. The mural was funded jointly by the Laneway Festivals and MGA Insurance Brokers.

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