OVER a couple of weeks, a series of mostly orange outlines have become a new street art mural to be enjoyed by Gippslanders dining next to a wonderful seaside view.

Local café The General, at Lake Tyers Beach, commissioned notable Melbourne street artist Kaff-eine to transform their large wall with an image that reflects the character of the area.

The mural, titled Lakeside Serenade, was started by Kaff on Thursday, January 5, and completed on Sunday, January 22.

Kaff-eine is one of the official Silo Art Trail artists; she has also painted public murals around Australia, and throughout Europe, the USA, Philippines, and Mexico.

The mural, titled Lakeside Serenade, was started by Kaff on Thursday, January 5, and completed on Sunday, January 22.

Kaff relished the ocean breeze, the sun and good coffee over those weeks – a perfect start to 2023.

“Lakeside Serenade is a peaceful mural that combines my own memory of relaxing on the warm sand at Lake Tyers Beach, with an homage to Borun (pelican) the Tuk (musk duck), the parents of the five Gunnaikurnai clans,” Kaff told the Gippsland Times.

Early on in the mural painting process for The General. Photo: Stefan Bradley

“The image was one of about six drafts I drew for my dear friends Steven and Rommel, who (own) The General cafe. They chose the image because of the warm trusting relationship between sunbathing adults and the pelicans and ducks, who rest nearby listening to a lazy ukulele.

“They chose the right image! It’s a quiet way to publicly honour the Gunnaikurnai people, given the history of the area; and beachgoers here really do chill out for hours quietly on the sand bar, sometimes in exactly the same bright yellow straw hats as the one I painted!”

Husbands Steve Franklin and Rommel Canoy, owners of The General Lake Tyers beach café, gave Kaff free rein to design a mural that would speak to locals and visitors.

Kaff-eine is a street artist from Melbourne.
Photo: Nicole Reed

“From when we first saw that wall when walking by the beach two years ago, we knew it needed a special mural and because Kaff-eine is a friend we knew it had to be her,” Mr Canoy said.

“It seemed like a long shot back then, but all we could do was put it out there and we could say the universe aligned magnificently for us.”

Mr Canoy said Kaff’s mural was a “completion of a vision” they had for the café.

“Steve and I are elated about what she’s created. We feel she has truly embodied Lake Tyers Beach’s past and present charm through her street art,” he said.

Husbands Steve Franklin and Rommel Canoy, owners of The General Lake Tyers beach café. Photo: Contributed

“Every local and extended locals from far down Traralgon have expressed how great the mural is and expect Lake Tyers Beach to truly become a landmark destination.”

Kaff is no stranger to painting in Gippsland, with a couple of murals completed on Toora’s sports centre last year. For one of these, she received help from Leongatha-based artist Melanie Caple as Kaff was on crutches and “hadn’t re-learned to walk” yet after an accident 15 months ago.

“I also painted a poignant mural inside Berry Street’s Morwell facility in early 2014, for our collaborative coffee table ‘Heartcore’ book,” Kaff said.