Bendigo's collection of mural artworks is expanding this week.
Adelaide artist Jack Fran is producing a work in Bath Lane after calling out on social media for more walls to work on.
Bendigo street artist Reece Hendy obliged and helped arrange the space for Fran.
"Jack had posted on Instagram asking for walls to paint in Adelaide and I got in touch saying I've got a wall in Bendigo," Hendy said.
"He asked when we could do it and I thought I better get a wall. After a bit of scouting we found this one.
"The landlord and Brewhouse owner were very keen."
Fran created a design for the wall after seeing the area.
"It was more to do with the wall, it wasn't a planned design," he said.
"You can see the shadow cuts through the wall, I wanted to integrate that. That's why the girl is tipping her hat.
"The wattle is my favourite native plant and is pretty common around here. As I got closer to Bendigo, I saw a lot of wattle, so wanted to keep it local. I hadn't been to Bendigo before, as I drove in and I could see its a beautiful city."
Fran was eager to paint in Bath Lane when he saw the size of the wall.
"It's a decent sized wall and will be a good portfolio piece, that's why did it for free. You never get walls like this in Adelaide," he said.
"Reece gave me a date and I was like 'let's do it'. I postponed a few projects to be able to do this one, which is more fun.
"It's good changing a place (with street art). Part of it is adding a different atmosphere to a place and making it more inviting for other people."
The mural is the latest in a series of new works that have gone up in Bath Lane.
City of Greater Bendigo council commissioned new works for Pennyweight Walk last year while street artist Baby Guerilla created a work in the Laity Lane, between Bath Lane and High Street.
The development of street art and murals in the area follows on from Chancery Lane's reputation for sidewalk creativity.
Hendy said the Bendigo was becoming more acceptable of street artists.
"It's getting less of a battle," he said. "The large murals being commissioned by city has raised awareness (as have the) murals along the walking trails.
"It's becoming more more accepted. We get people saying "I can't wait to see it finished' rather than 'are you allowed to be doing this?'
The addition of Fran's design to Bendigo expands the city's collection of street art.
"Bendigo has got a bit of (a street) artists' trail but we have still got plenty of blank walls," Hendy said.
"We got engaged last year to do work in Pennyweight Walk then the Bendigo Bank building commissioned a large-scale artwork, which was another link in armor for this area."
Support for this project came through many avenues for Hendy and Fran.
"(The landlord and Brewhouse owner) chucked in a bit of cash, the trickiest part was managing all the tenants who use the car park," Hendy said.
"We also had to hire scissor lift, which is expensive, Bendigo council put in a bit of money for and Haymes supplied paint.
"Jack and I also put money in but made it cost neutral and its all about getting more street art in Bendigo."
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