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Lake Pertobe Maze

A-maze-ing street art

News Article Date: 
Friday, 20 February 2015

The Lake Pertobe maze is looking better than ever thanks to four renowned street artists and a cohort of community helpers.

Former Warrnambool resident Scottie “Bonsai” Neoh was flanked by fellow professionals Hiroyasu “TwoOne” Tsuri, David “Ghostpatrol” Booth and Jun Inoue for a three-day workshop to share their skills and expertise with aspiring mural artists.

The workshops culminated in the repainting of the iconic maze with children also invited to grab a spray can and add some colour.

The crew also created artwork in the second Mortlake Rd culvert. The first culvert was adorned by Bonsai in 2014.

The Lake Pertobe maze in particular has a special resonance with Bonsai.

“It's the exact location at which I became hooked on the art-form as a teenager,” Bonsai said.

“I was at Lake Pertobe on my 17th birthday in January 2000 and spent a whole day watching the maze being spray-painted by three mural artists.

“After getting to know the artists, they invited me to paint something of my own and it went from there.”

Warrnambool Art Gallery Curator of Exhibitions and Outreach Gareth Colliton said that the project would help build on our already thriving and vibrant creative community.

“There is a huge variety of very specific skills in the visual arts and we can expand on these by inviting artists to share ideas, discover new media, learn about other places and collaborate on unique projects,” Mr Colliton said.

“The opportunity to work with and learn from four great artists like Bonsai, TwoOne, Ghostpatrol and Jun Inoue is truly special.

“Not only do we now have two more fantastic pieces of public art, over a dozen local artists now possess the skills to pursue street art further.”

The project is financially supported by the Victorian Government's Community Crime Prevention Program, the Warrnambool City Council and Brophy Family and Youth Services.

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