Bold mural dominates RSL wall

Sale RSL president Geoff Newby officially unveils the new mural.

Sale RSL president Geoff Newby officially unveils the new mural.

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A MURAL commemorating Australia's military history was officially unveiled on Saturday, Remembrance Day.

A collaboration between local street artist Jeremy Kasper and Robbie Farnham, the massive piece covers almost the whole rear wall of the Sale RSL and Community Club.

The project was organised by RSL vice-president Marty Tanzer, who said it was inspired by a similar painting in Melbourne's Hosier Lane.

"It was to capture from WW1 right through to modern times, and you can see the links all the way through, it picks up everyone," he said.

"I wanted to put a few other things on, to link it to other time periods, but thankfully Jeremy as the artist overruled me, and I'm really happy with how it's turned up."

Mr Kasper said despite working in occasionally rough conditions, it was a wonderful experience to be involved.

"It's all part of the Reclaim Our Lanes project, which is something I would hope to continue throughout our community and brighten up our streets with colourful art," he said.

"Robbie Farnham painted the five shields of the Gunaikurnai, and his tutelage helped with the symbols and what should be used."

RSL president Geoff Newby said it was something the entire community could be proud of.

"Each time I look at it, I see something a bit different," he said.

"To produce something like this with all the goodwill and positiveness of people getting together wanting to make it happen, just shows you what can happen if you've got the will to."

Mr Kasper also helped Sale College VCAL students design and paint a wall nearby, and was surprised at the focus on mental health.

"The way (the students) reflected upon the wall, with colour, for them it was very healing, and it brought up issues of youth depression and how art can actually work towards creating a better, healthier community," he said.

"They related to youth mental health, and especially in regional Victoria, if we can engage the youth in arts and creativity and get them out participating in these sorts of projects, it'll be beneficial for everybody.

"It affects everybody, and we need to acknowledge that and hopefully get the help that people need - if art can bridge that topic of conversation, then I think let's do it."

The mural was funded by a Regional Arts Victoria grant, and the federal government, among others.

Mr Kasper is keen to keep the momentum going.

"If anyone has a wall or wants to get in contact with me, there's ample scope to do another community mural we put our heads together and anything can be done.

"Rather than pay for an anti-graffiti removalists, with chemicals, maybe we can brighten up the town with street art."

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