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New mural arts splash of colour


WRAD’s fourth mural has added a vibrant splash of colour to our walls.

Melbourne-based artist Marco Pennacchia completed the stunning image of a southern right whale and her calf.

“Southern right whales are an important element in the Warrnambool community, which is why I decided to dedicate this new work to them,” Marco said. “I did some research and wanted a theme suitable for the Warrnambool community.”

Originally from Italy, Marco moved to Melbourne about three years ago.

“I left Italy because I wanted to be an artist and I thought Melbourne would be a nice place to start a new career and a new life,” he said.

COVID-19 meant Marco has been in Melbourne for longer than expected but he’s put the time to good use and used the opportunity to work on his art.

“It’s going pretty well,” he said.

Marco heard about the opportunity for the WRAD mural through fellow artist (and WRAD mural painter) Jimmi Buscombe.

“Jimmi called me and suggested I do this project in Warrnambool. I started painting murals last year, before I was working on canvases.”

“I loved doing it. It’s one of your paintings but on a big scale and people can see it. If it’s in a living room, only the owner sees it.

Warrnambool is a very nice community and people care about art.”

WRAD is proud to be a member of this community delivering services to those in need of comprehensive health care. Having these murals done is a way to bring some colour to these walls and an attraction for people to look at whilst also reminder of the rich cultural heritage and history of this area. Each mural tells a piece of the story and symbolises the work we do within WRAD as well as acknowledging the cultural heritage and icons of this region.

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