Rockin Emu Unveiled in Parkes

The region’s public art count climbs with a rockin’ emu mural in Parkes.

Acclaimed Lightning Ridge artist, John Murray, has transformed the Caledonia Street wall of the Parkes Services Club into an Elvis-inspired emu artwork, complete with a bejewelled jumpsuit.

“I was driving through Parkes and noticed there was an opportunity for more street art. It’s great for the town as there are always grey nomads passing through, especially during Parkes Elvis Festival,” Mr Murray said.

John began painting the larger-than-life caricatures back in the 1980’s, with his work now featured in public spaces across the country. The Elvis Emu in Parkes is an exact replica of the one painted on ACDC Lane in Melbourne unveiled earlier this year. The new addition is the 18th installation in the Parkes Public Art Trail, which forms part of Parkes Shire Council’s CBD Vibrancy Strategy. The 9 x 6.5 metre mural took two and a half days to complete.

Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM said, “The Elvis-inspired emu is a fantastic addition to the Parkes Shire Public Art Trail, which encourages people to explore our region, learn about our unique history, and discover our quirky culture and identity,” Cr Keith added. “Thank you to the Parkes Services Club for providing the canvas for the vibrant artwork to feature. No doubt the cheeky character will attract attention, not only during the Elvis Festival, but all year round.”

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