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A project that includes a series of art installations is set to recommence this week.

The Hamilton based development will show off the community and its business precinct while bringing more colour to the area.

The works will repair existing art as well as create new installations on telecommunications and electricity pillars and boxes.

Local artist Rebecca Murray is set to take on the project.

Hamilton Business Association Chair, Janice Musumeci said that the project was the first of several that would be rolled-out in the coming weeks.

“As part of Hamilton Business Association establishing late last year, we asked local businesspeople to provide feedback about how they wanted the Association to spend funds,” she said.

“Lots of people wanted to see projects that would help beautify and attract people to the precinct.

“Our plans for 2020 were all but finalised when COVID-19 struck and like many, we used the months of isolation to realign our plans to ensure that we could also help drive economic recovery.”

Before the pandemic put the project in lockdown, Ms Murray had already created a number of installations. Some of these original art pieces now need repair while she will paint a further 10.

Ms Murray is the owner of Flying Spanner Gallery and is well known as she has created similar art installations across the Newcastle CBD.

She is currently researching the locations of the 17 installations to develop visual narratives relevant to the local community.

The project is an investment of $10,000 into the precinct and is expected to take a number of months to complete.

“The Association is keen to extend the footprint and scope of the project,” Ms Musumeci said.

“Hamilton has a heritage walk developed by well-known local historian Ruth Cotton and we hope to also now integrate this with cultural walks that might include these art pieces into city-wide Apps and tourism promotions.”

For more information about the association, visit the Hamilton Business Association Facebook page.

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