Levee mural welcomes all
One of Central Maitland’s newest talking points has expressed the feeling of joining the city and echoed the journey of its creators.
Created alongside the The Levee’s Bourke Street link to the Hunter River, The New One was conceptualised by Studio Amsterdam artists Patricia Van Lubeck and Frank Winnips, and painted with artist Andrew Bennett last month.
All three are relative newcomers to the city, with Mr Bennett moving from Sydney two years ago, and Ms Van Lubeck and Mr Winnips opening the studio at the beginning of the year after a brief spell in Newcastle and 10 years in New Zealand.
It was their time in New Zealand that inspired the piece.
“We lived near a production forest,” Mr Winnips said.
“[The company] cleared off a mountain, but they left one tree standing.”
For Ms Van Lubeck the work captures the feeling of a new experience figuratively and literally, with painting in public opening her to conversations she wouldn’t normally have as passers-by enquired about the mural.
“This symbolises a new person coming into Maitland and being welcomed by the community,” she said.
“As artists it’s different to open the process to your audience – people see how its done; they usually only see the finished product.”
Roughly 200 man hours were spent creating the artwork.