'Grow' mural - Nicola Teek Building
Originally inspired by a quote stating that before the move in 1956, many people were concerned about their gardens not growing in the new location, this mural design is a representation of Tallangatta's growth and the community's commitment over the decades towards growth and prosperity. Past, present and future all connect here.
The design incorporates many significant plants - from plants that were transplanted from the old town, to what is grown now, fruit and vegetables and native flora. These plants sit atop two triangles, representing the town's central gathering place, fondly referred to as "The Triangles".
The past, present and future of the town are represented by various plants. The name Tallangatta is linked to the Kurrajong Tree (represented by pods and the flowers).
The Plane trees represent growth and are a significant connection to Tallangatta's past. Four Plane trees were transplanted from the Old Town to the new towns iconic triangles, three still grow there today.
Geraniums and roses were favourites which transplanted well from the old town.
The Triangles are the centre of the community and in the present are an important place for gatherings and events, including the food swap, represented by figs and squash. Other plants, which can be seen around town are Palms, Strelitzia, Hydrangea and Lilly Pilly.
Among the many native plants in the area, is the Chocolate Lily, joined here by a rare and recent find specific to the Tallangatta area, the Small Leaf Glycine. This has been included as a nod to the future and reminds us that our world is always changing.
The colours and forms are inspired by colour field painting - a style of painting from the 1950s/60s, characterised by large fields of flat, solid colour. In a colour field painting "colour is freed from objective context and becomes the subject in itself". The forms of Nicola Teek's building create the prefect canvas this mid-century style to be referenced.