Lake Macquarie City Council has unveiled a $50,000 public art project in Windale to celebrate the "feelings, stories, dreams and aspirations of the local community".
The 10-metre multi-media work adorns the side of planter boxes in Windale’s main shopping precinct and was inspired by workshops with Windale residents and school students.
The council’s cultural services manager, Jacqui Hemsley, said the artwork was part of the "CREATE" project to bring communities together and enliven public spaces through meaningful public art projects.
“Art in public spaces encourages a sense of ownership by locals, improves the city's profile and has potential flow-on economic benefits,” Ms Hemsley said.
“The Windale community has a strong sense of pride in their area, and the artists worked hard to reflect this through the piece.”
Local artists John Cliff, Saretta Fielding, Joanna O’Toole and Warwick O’Toole created the mural, which features Aboriginal motifs and a curved design representing nearby Scrubby Creek.
The work includes bush tucker plants and curved timber seating.
“The new public art work is just one of a suite of projects worth more than $7.5 million helping revamp Windale,” mayor Kay Fraser said.
Work on a Charlestown "CREATE" project is expected to start this year.