Mr Aldridge in front of the mural at Mount Rothwell.

Aldridge unveils 35 metre mural

September 19, 2019 BY

TWO years of hard work for David Aldridge has resulted in the creation of a spectacular piece of art at Mount Rothwell.

Mr Aldridge has recently completed a 35 metre-long and 1.5 metre high mural at the Mount Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre, near the You Yangs.

The artist said the piece was inspired by the landscape that now surrounds it.

“I went on one of the night walks at Mount Rothwell and fell in love with the place.

“I was really inspired by the work they do there and wanted to help, and that’s how we came up with the idea for the mural.”

The mural portrays many creatures that live around Mount Rothwell.

These include rare and endangered species such as the eastern barred bandicoot, southern brush-tailed rock wallaby, rufous bettong and eastern quoll.

The project was enabled by Mr Aldridge being a recipient of the City of Greater Geelong’s Community Arts Grant in the 2016/17 round of funding.

The city’s director of economy, investment and attraction, Brett Luxford, said the mural exemplified the benefits of the grants.

“This artwork is an extraordinary example of what community members can achieve with the assistance of grants.

“David Aldridge has created a valuable piece of art that is both beautiful to look at and important to raise awareness about our threatened species.”

Applications for the Community Events Fund are now open.

The council’s grants team can be contacted by phoning 5272 4736 or 5272 5039 or emailing communitygrants@geelongcity.vic.gov.au.

Grants can also be applied for online at geelong.smartygrants.com.au/CE1-2019_20.