Lead artist appointed for mega mural

A highly accomplished Queensland artist renowned internationally for his large-scale murals will be the lead artist for the Wellington Dam mural.

Wellington Dam wall has a surface area of more than 12,000 square metres.

Guido van Helten’s photorealistic large-scale murals have turned structures into icons in Portugal, Canada, the USA, Poland, Italy, Iran and more. Guido is also a pioneer of the Australian silo mural trend, having been nominated for the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Sir John Sulman prize for his silo murals in Brim, Victoria.

Born in Canberra and growing up in inner city Melbourne, the artist was influenced at a young age by traditional graffiti movements. After graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Printmaking at Southern Cross University, he began the development of his contemporary work, now closely aligned with the movement of large-scale muralism across the world.

The Bibbulmun Wellington Spur Trail links the Bibbulmun Track to the Wellington Dam.

His work has developed out of his keen interests in travel, photography, architecture and learning about cultures in connection with their landscapes.

The massive mural planned for the Wellington Dam will be the centrepiece of the $1.5 million Collie Mural Trail. The trail will also feature a number of smaller murals throughout the Collie township, providing opportunities for South-West and Western Australian artists to contribute. Work is underway to finalise the location of town murals and to appoint local artists.

The Collie Mural Trail, recreation hub at Lake Kepwari and the Arklow mountain bike trails are all due to open to the public this year.