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Geoff’s at it again

Monday, 15th September, 2014

The artist at work on the mural for Menindee at his Rowe Street studio. The artist at work on the mural for Menindee at his Rowe Street studio.

By Craig Brealey

Broken Hill artist Geoff De Main, renowned for his works of public art around the city, has won yet another commission, this time in Menindee.

Mr De Main's wall murals and sculptures adorn many a landmark including the railway station and the ABC, and today his latest creation will be erected on a wall of the Menindee tourist centre.

The painting on panels measures 12 metres by 2.4m and depicts the history of the river township.

It was commissioned by the Central Darling Shire Council last year to commemorate Menindee's 150th anniversary.

"It represents the history of Menindee from the Indigenous people right through to the water train that used to run from Menindee to Broken Hill," Mr De Main said.

"There are paddle steamers, Burke and Wills, the Kinchega woolshed, steam trains..."

In Broken Hill, Mr De Main's murals and sculptures have also brought colour and life to the Centre for Community, the TAFE, the Regional Art Gallery and the Council Chambers where he created bronze busts of the BHP "Syndicate of Seven."

"They are all over," he said, and the work keeps coming in. Last year, he painted a mural on the two-storey hotel in Tibooburra and now he is working on a wooden sculpture that will be set on an ancient Aboriginal trail that runs from Mount Kosciuszko to Eden on the NSW coast.

This is being created in collaboration with inmates from the Ivanhoe jail where Mr De Main recently started teaching art part time.

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