The Awaba mural to celebrate cacti and succulent plants

COLOURFUL: Graham Spure decided to commission a mural for his Awaba house to celebrate cacti and succulent plants. Picture: Marina Neil
COLOURFUL: Graham Spure decided to commission a mural for his Awaba house to celebrate cacti and succulent plants. Picture: Marina Neil

IT’S a lot of trouble to go through to show your love for cacti, but this Awaba household doesn’t mind.

Owner Graham Spure said the 20-metre mural had been attracting plenty of attention after being recently painted by Newcastle graffiti artist Dan Miller ahead of the Cactus and Succulent Society’s annual conference in two weeks time.

The conference, which is being held on the Central Coast, will see a number of homes in the Hunter open their gardens to cactus and succulent enthusiasts.

Mr Spure said the artwork, which had been painted on his fence on Cessnock Avenue, was a “celebration” of all things cactus.

He added that the works could feature in some upcoming succulent and cactus journals.

“We had this annual meeting coming up, so I decided why not do something different,” he said.

“It’s been turning a few heads. It’s quite an interesting design.”

The Cactus and Succulent Society of NSW describes itself as one of the “largest and most dynamic cactus and succulent societies” in the world. 

Its members are drawn from all over Australia and internationally, and own some of the most “unusual and rarest plants in the world”.

Mr Spure expected hundreds of members to be at the annual conference.

“They come from all over,” he said.

The event will be held at the Gosford RSL between September 29 and October 1. Entry is through an annual membership.