Lawgi Hall back to life again
THE old Lawgi Hall will be almost be as good as new with a spot of fresh paint and a mural, rich with colour on its walls.
Travellers to the region will have noticed a change this week with the Australian theme mural of bottle trees painted all over.
The hall went through a bit of facelift and had to be cladded over, including the old mural.
Now the hall is getting its popular Australian themed painting back on it.
Local artist Gary Latcham, who did the original artwork with Jo Lawrence in 2003, was back to bring his vision of earth colours of red, yellow, orange and black sunset in the back ground with bottle trees adorning it.
"This is a great wall for artwork mural and the design was synonymous with the surrounding area,” Mr Latcham said.
"I love sunsets and that was what I had in mind when I put this mural together.
"The significance of the original artwork was its been shown in travel magazines, papers and books and I was in a pub one time and saw it had a picture on the wall of it.”
Lawgi Hall committee member and publicity officer Sheryl Bawden was glad to have the mural done, not just for the locals but for travellers as well.
"We are happy to have it done and travellers and campers who come through have commented on the mural and when it was covered over we got a lot of feedback asking about what had happened to it,” Mrs Bawden said.
Banana Shire Council arts and cultural officer Shanna Muston said the council was approached to help with organising the work required.
"The old paintwork was blistering and peeling and the hall committee members approached the council to see what we could do to help them with renewing it,” Ms Muston said.
"The council has been working with the community group on how to do this popular artwork.”
This project was supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, community volunteers, Flexihire and Helloworld Travel Biloela.
The new mural will also incorporate the water tank and have a mystery opening of an Australian-style icon theme.
There will be a Lawgi Hall Celebration tomorrow to celebrate the revival of the hall's public artwork at 5pm.