Port Fairy IGA owner Colin Cleary's decision to give customers toilet rolls inspired Warrnambool artist Jimmi Buscombe to take his chalk to concrete and keep the positivity alive.
"I was discussing with my wife Sheridan that I want to do a piece on my day off to lift people's spirits and for a bit of fun," Buscombe said.
"I saw the post about Colin on Facebook and I thought 'that's the perfect action to take in this time of crisis'.
"Sheridan and I thought of an animal holding some toilet paper with a message and 'kindness' says enough."
Buscombe created the trompe l'oeil (trick of the eye) mural with chalk and pencils.
The cheeky quoll is holding a roll of toilet paper with the word 'kindness' written and the slogan 'be like Colin' just below.
The quoll was chosen to highlight the species and the irony that both the cute marsupial and toilet paper are endangered.
Buscombe decided to create his 'illegal act of love' without telling Mr Cleary.
"It's fantastic and most unexpected," Mr Cleary said.
"Maybe it might make people think about what they are doing and what they should be doing."
The Buscombes hope that the little mural will encourage others to be hopeful.
"So much of what is going on is out of our control," Mrs Buscombe said.
"But in this time kindness, generosity and art will go on.
"I'm encouraging Jimmi to keep going until the chalk runs out."
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