The old railway bridge spanning the Murray River Red Gum Trail on Gateway Island will soon have a facelift, with a number of new art murals close to installation.
Over recent weeks, local First Nations artists Maggih Coates, Trish Cerminara and Kylie Midson have been working with young people in the community to create six original artworks for the bridge pylons.
Creating the murals has been an exciting community project. Artist Trish Cerminara said “It was such a great journey working with the community – the young children loved it.”
Foreseeing to some extent the terribly wet conditions on the island, a simple arrangement enabled the creative work to go ahead on schedule. The art pieces were created at manageable size at a venue more suitable for the children, avoiding any risks associated with working onsite. They will now be printed onto transportable sheets and attached to the concrete pylons.
These railway bridge murals are just part of a series currently in creation by First Nations artists, which will be installed along the River Red Gum Trail.
This program has received funding from the Australian Government. We thank the National Recovery and Resilience Agency for the significant improvements to our regional trails made possible by their Black Summer Bushfire Recovery program.