Large-scale art in action at the Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary

Renowned contemporary artist Jimmy Dvate, known for his large-scale public murals, has been commissioned to paint a wall mural at the Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary that tells the story of the local ecology.

The completed artwork will highlight flora and fauna native to the Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary and the relationship between local species, including the Blue-Banded Bee and the Matted Flax-lily, which is a critically endangered species in Victoria.

Another species that will be featured on the mural is the Gang-gang Cockatoo, which was listed as endangered federally under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act following the devastating 2019/2020 bushfires.

The project will kick off on 2 May, and it’s expected it will take two weeks for Jimmy to complete the mural which will cover three sides of an existing brick toilet block located at the Sanctuary’s BioShack area.

La Trobe students, staff and the community can see the mural come to life by stopping by the Sanctuary to watch Jimmy’s progress (and enjoy a nice nature walk while you’re there!).

Jimmy will be using carbon absorbing paints which can improve a building’s thermal regulation, saving energy on heating and air conditioning.

Jimmy Dvate is an Australian contemporary artist who specialises in large-scale murals, usually painted onto silos, water tanks and building walls, that often feature endangered flora and fauna.

You can stay tuned to the Wildlife Sanctuary’s Facebook and Instagram accounts to see the mural come to life. The Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary is open Sunday to Friday, 10am to 3pm and is located near the roundabout on Main Drive, opposite Car Park 8.