Crystal Brook Mural - Final Design Released

21st September 2020

The highly anticipated Crystal Brook Mural is about to come to life, brightening the main street of Crystal Brook.

Over the last few months Crystal Brook residents have been invited to provide ideas and inspiration for a mural funded through the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme.

South Australian artist James Dodd has developed the imagery in consultation with Crystal Brook residents, Nukunu and Port Pirie Regional Council. Emerging Nukunu artist Jessica Turner has contributed to the design and local artists Kylie Coomblas and Jess Crawford will assist in the execution of the mural.

James Dodd and Jessica Turner have provided an artist statement explaining the sentiment behind the final design.

"We have taken a little more time than proposed to deliberate over the nature of the mural. There are many elements that we are sensitive to, all of which influence one another.  This is the first mural experience for Crystal Brook.  

The primary discussions have been led by a sense of wanting to continue to celebrate the region’s agricultural and colonial history.  It is also critical that we celebrate the region’s Indigenous cultures and history.

We hope that the Crystal Brook community can continue to grow its relationship with public art and look for further opportunities to incorporate artworks into the fabric of the town."

The full artist statement can be found on Council’s website: www.pirie.sa.gov.au/noticeboard/consultation

While consultation has concluded, the final design is available on Council’s website and residents are able to provide comment (survey and information at the link above).

The mural will be painted on the wall of the Reflections building at 33 Bowman Street which will provide high levels of visibility, accessibility and tourism benefits. The mural is scheduled to be completed by the end of September 2020.