DUBBO CITY PUBLIC ART

Two Bronze Rhinos

Dubbo Visitors Information Centre, Macquarie Street

2012

Gillie & Marc Shattner

 

The Taronga Western Plains Zoo has had long ties with the people of Dubbo, and you will see many references to the iconic rhino across the city. These rhinos have cousins at the Dubbo City Airport and are a great photo opportunity for visitors.

 

The Shattners have been active on the Australian art scene for over 2 decades, establishing a strong tradition of outdoor bronze sculpture. These works were commissioned by Dubbo City Council in association with Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Aboriginal Motif & Animal Murals

Dubbo Regional Library, Cnr Macquarie St & Talbragar St 

 

A long standing, and perhaps most well known example of Aboriginal themed community based murals in Dubbo. The central theme is the Macquarie River, which was a vital part of the Wiradjuri peoples who lived in the area. You will also see goannas (a powerful totem to some of the groups here) as well as other animals, foods, tracks and people. 

Dice Mosaic

Victoria Park, Gipps Street

2011

Brigid Palin & Community Members

 

This work is very close to the Dubbo Skate Park where Dubbo's youth regularly gather. Youth is a time of taking chances and this large dice points to the risk taking of those skating nearby.

 

One of a series of community developed works, designed to foster ties amongst residents of the area and to beautify civil infrastructure. This project was coordinated by Orana Arts with the onvolvement of Brigid Palin. 

Livvi's Place - Butterfly Sculpture

Victoria Park, Play Equipment

2012 

Big Kahuna Imagineering

 

Livvi's Place Playgrounds are playgrounds that allow greater access for the disabled and are partly funded through a not for profit fundraising group. The butterfly is located above the main entrance to the playground welcoming the visitors as they arrive. 

Find out more about the sculpture here

Backdrop to Leslie Hunter Ford's Life

Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, Darling Street

1967 

Michael J Santry

 

 

Breaker Morant Mural

213 Macquarie Street (Visible from Bligh Street)

2015

Haha

Edwin Henry ‘Breaker’ Morant is a controversial figure in Australia’s military history. Whilst serving as a Lieutenant in the British Army in the second Boer War (1899 – 1902) he was charged with war crimes. According to the evidence raised against him, Morant, angered by the death of his commanding officer, decided he would avenge that death and take no prisoners in the process. What followed was a murderous campaign where as many as 20 POWs, citizens and missionaries were shot without trial. Arrested in 1901 he claimed that even if he was guilty of the killings, he had done so under the orders given to him by the British leader Lord Kitchener. Despite these claims he was found guilty and executed by firing squad, supposedly refusing to wear a blindfold and telling the firing squad  to ‘Shoot straight and don’t make a mess of it.’

Find out more about Breaker Morant here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaker_Morant#Court-martial

Haha is a self-taught graffiti artist using hand cut techniques to create murals exploring the theme power of the mass media within Australian popular culture. 

Find out more about Haha here - http://regantamanui.com/bio.html

 

A BoomDubbo Commission

 

 

Sporting Greats Mural

Cnr Bligh and Church Streets

2015

Haha

Dubbo has a rich and proud tradition of producing sporting greats. As in many country towns and cities, sport was a great social glue that kept communities together in good times and bad. For some, sport became a life-long passion, a career and a chance to explore the world. On this wall you will see sporting greats such as Glenn McGrath (cricket), Ernie Toshack (cricket), Melinda Gainsford-Taylor (athletics), Andrew Ryan (rugby league), Don Parish (rugby league), Jon White (rugby union), Greg Ryan (racing), Phillip Dutton (equestrian), Megan Dunn (cycling), Brian Tink (boxing) and Ian Drake (cricket/tennis).

Haha is a self-taught graffiti artist using hand cut techniques to create murals exploring the theme power of the mass media within Australian popular culture. 

Find out more about Haha here - http://regantamanui.com/bio.html

 

A BoomDubbo Commission

 

 

Sir Sydney Kidman Mural

165 Brisbane Street (Rear) Visible from Myer Carpark

2015

Poncho Army

Sir Sydney Kidman can lay claim to being perhaps Australia’s largest single landholder. In his prime as a station and farm owner, he owned over 220,000 km2 of land, an area almost the size of Britain. He began life as a junior drover in the 1870s, learning the skills of sheep and cattle farming as well as how to trade and the value of land. By the time he was 21 he had a bullock team as well as a butchers shop in Cobar (300 km west of Dubbo) and was on his way to his first fortune. In 1921 he was knighted and in 1936 was the subject of the bestselling biography The Cattle King by Ion Idriess. In 2015 the company he founded, S Kidman and Co, attempted to sell its remaining land (still over 100,000 km2) to two Chinese companies. This sale was blocked by the Federal government of the time as not being in the national interest.

Through detailed line work and splatter paint skies, Poncho Army’s work focuses on the exploration of contrasts - between urban and rural spaces, between internal and external realities, between melancholy and joy.

Find out more about Poncho Army here: http://www.ponchoarmy.com/art/bio/

 

A BoomDubbo Commission

 

Sir Henry (Katter’s Ram) Mural

165-7 Brisbane Street

2015

Poncho Army

Henry Edward Kater was born in 1841 into a family that would experience wealth and poverty in equal measures. Educated primarily at home, young Henry became a bank clerk in Mudgee, where he had the dubious honour of being held up by bushrangers as he was delivering bank notes to Bathurst. At the age of 22 he bought a land on the Castlereagh River. Soon after, in 1870, he sold that land to buy the Mumblebone station near Warren (120 km west of Dubbo). Here he established a sheep breeding programme, using Merino sheep that were direct descendants of those first brought to Australia by Reverend Samuel Marsden. Under his direction Mumblebone became one of the premier sheep studs in Australia. Kater was also a member of the NSW parliament, active in the banking and insurance industries and contributed greatly to the building of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.

 

Through detailed line work and splatter paint skies, Poncho Army’s work focuses on the exploration of contrasts - between urban and rural spaces, between internal and external realities, between melancholy and joy.

Find out more about Poncho Army here: http://www.ponchoarmy.com/art/bio/

 

A BoomDubbo Commission

 

Ben Hall Mural

213 Macquarie Street (Visible from Bligh Street)

2015

Poncho Army

‘Brave Ben Hall’ is one of Australia’s most interesting and controversial bushrangers. Born in Maitland in 1837 he was the fourth child of parents who were both transported to NSW as convicts. Unlike many bushrangers, Ben Hall actually had a thriving property just south of Forbes (170 km south of Dubbo) and a seemingly happy family life. At some point however, things went astray. His marriage failed when his wife ran off with a stockman, and Ben became friends with notorious bushranger Frank Gardiner. This association led the police to twice arrest Ben for crimes the Gardiner gang had committed, but there was no actual evidence that Ben was anywhere near the scenes and he was released without charge. The arrests took their toll financially and Ben was forced to sell his property. He drifted into a life of crime and soon was a known bushranger with his own gang. In the two years from 1863 he is said to have committed over 100 raids, including the holding up of entire villages.

 

Through detailed line work and splatter paint skies, Poncho Army’s work focuses on the exploration of contrasts - between urban and rural spaces, between internal and external realities, between melancholy and joy.

Find out more about Poncho Army here: http://www.ponchoarmy.com/art/bio/

 

A BoomDubbo Commission

Colleen’s Thorn Bird Mural

15 Bultje Street

2015

Poncho Army

Colleen McCullough’s Thorn Birds was perhaps the first great Australian novel. Set on the fictional sheep station of Drogheda, it charts the tempestuous and lively history of the Cleary family. Featuring handsome priests, unfaithful wives, murderous boxers and long-lost loves, it was an immediate best seller from its release in 1977 and became a top-rated TV mini-series in the USA. Though not loved by the critics, who rejected its melodramatic overtones, it has remained an Australian favourite and made it author one of Australia’s best known writers.

Colleen herself was born in Wellington, just east of Dubbo, and though she moved frequently as a young child (eventually settling in Sydney) her early experiences of life in ‘the bush’ can be seen in the wistful recreations of the landscape in her books.

Through detailed line work and splatter paint skies, Poncho Army’s work focuses on the exploration of contrasts - between urban and rural spaces, between internal and external realities, between melancholy and joy.

Find out more about Poncho Army here: http://www.ponchoarmy.com/art/bio/

 

A BoomDubbo Commission

Kate Leigh Mural

15 Bultje Street

Poncho Army

2015

Kate Leigh is probably Dubbo’s most notorious daughter. Born Kathleen Mary Josephine Beahan in Dubbo in 1881, she was the eighth child of impoverished bootmaker Timothy Beahan and his wife Charlotte. Kate spent much of her early childhood in Dubbo, and her first arrest occurred here, when at 15 she was charged with vagrancy and sent to Parramatta Industrial School.

This was the first arrest in a colourful career in which Kate would be convicted 107 times and serve 13 separate gaol sentences: along the way she would become one of Sydney’s most flamboyant and wealthy criminals. In an era when being a homemaker was the only socially acceptable role available to a married woman, Kate broke all the moulds.

Through detailed line work and splatter paint skies, Poncho Army’s work focuses on the exploration of contrasts - between urban and rural spaces, between internal and external realities, between melancholy and joy.

Find out more about Poncho Army here: http://www.ponchoarmy.com/art/bio/

A BoomDubbo Commission

Farting Cockatoos

199 Macquarie Street

2015

Jack Randell

The sulphur crested cockatoo is a wonderfully Australian bird. Loud, obnoxious and gregarious, its screech can be heard echoing down river beds and across paddocks all over regional Australia. Artist Jack Randell combines this bird with the equally iconic image of Reg Mombassa’s farting dog to create an image that is at once new and exciting but equally familiar.

Jack Randell has been an artist and art provocateur in the region for many years.

Find out more about Jack Randell here - http://www.fishdog.com.au/

This work is no longer on display. Inclusion in this register is for historical purposes.

A BoomDubbo Commission

Urban Trees

Western Plains Cultural Centre – Cnr Gipps and Wingewarra Street

2016

Jeff McCann

Created for the first ROAR festival of music in Dubbo in 2016, these urban trees now sit on the grounds of the Western Plains Cultural Centre. Imagined as ‘Urban Tress’ these modern pyramids feature McCann’s recurring motifs of the eye and strong graphic elements, all speaking to a lifetime in making public art.

Jeff McCann is an illustrator and product designer who draws inspiration from childhood creativity. Believing creativity is at its purist during childhood, this allows Jeff to experimental and welcome an element of the unknown to the art making process.

Find out more about Jeff McCann here - http://cargocollective.com/jeffmccann/About-Me

 

A Roar Festival Commission

City Life Mural

Church Street Rotunda – Macquarie Street

2015

Heidi Maree Francis

Wistful images of life, both real and dreamlike, are a hallmark of Heidi’s work. This work was commissioned by Dubbo City Council as one the Ignite projects designed to enliven and energise Macquarie Street and the central business district.

Heidi Maree Francis is a local Dubbo artist. Painting has been a focus for Heidi over the past couple of years and in 2016 has released an EP titled 'Arctic OK'

Find out more about Heidi Francis here - https://www.facebook.com/Colour-me-Heidi-343198645825053/?pnref=lhc