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First Coat Lockyer Valley

Location: Gatton QLD 4343, Australia
Phone: 07 5466 2425

In 2017 the team behind the highly successful First Coat Festival in Toowoomba curated the Lockyer Valley's first step into a coordinated large-scale mural project. The three installations complement the 70 plus contemporary public art installations of Toowoomba's CBD streets and laneways.

Bronte Naylor’s mural at 54 Railway Street focuses on the connection between people and country. Occupants of the land have an intrinsic relationship with their natural surrounds and this interaction with country takes shape in many ways such as farming, conservation, gardening and general lifestyle routines.

Claire Foxton’s mural at 115 Spencer St pays tribute to Bob Fifoot, a retired Maths teacher from Lockyer District High where he taught for 49 years. After reading the comment section in an online article about him, it was clear how revered he was and how many lives (over generations) were influenced by Bob's teachings. The bright abstract palette complements his character as a vibrant, witty and influential personality in the area. Unfortunately this mural was removed in 2020.

George Rose’s mural at the corner of North and Railway Streets, draws attention to the endemic flora and fauna found in the area. Lines running through the work are based on the shapes created by the boundaries of Gatton as seen from satellite images, and the water ways which run above the township. To complement the images, George Rose painted the “Goori” and “Yagara” on the walls to represent the names of the earliest custodians of this area.

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