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Mural gets the chop

Monday, 11th January, 2016

John and Jim Hinton are farewelling their notorious ‘headless chook’ mural on the side of Excelsior Seafood Centre, and are currently working on a new design to replace it. John and Jim Hinton are farewelling their notorious ‘headless chook’ mural on the side of Excelsior Seafood Centre, and are currently working on a new design to replace it.

By Darrin Manuel

Almost ten years ago Jim and John Hinton unveiled a mural that would have the city in a flap, and see them run afoul of Council.

Now the brothers are bidding farewell to the notorious artwork on the side of the Excelsior Seafood Centre to make way for something new.

The original mural painted by John gained notoriety in 2006 when people complained about its comical-yet-graphic depiction of a chook being decapitated, and another running around headless.

Jim, who owns the shop, said he was summoned to Council and asked to “tone down” certain elements of the painting.

“They wanted me to put the heads back on the chooks and get rid of the blood,” he said.

“But I said ‘No, the heads have got to come off the chooks!’

“They were laughing about it; I think they could see the funny side of it.”

The duo never made any changes and the artwork became a novelty, with tour buses even occasionally stopping by showing visitors the painting and telling them of its colourful history.

“But it’s all faded now so we’ll put something new up,” said Jim.

No new designs have been agreed upon between the brothers, and there’s bound to be creative differences as the new artwork takes shape.

Jim - a keen West Coast Eagles fan - wants to see a painting of a giant eagle crashing through the wall holding a fresh fish in its claws, while John said he would prefer to see some comedy in the finished product.

The brothers said the new design would take its place on the wall over the coming weeks.

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