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VIDEO: Darby Street interactive light mural ‘one of a kind’

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An interactive mural is lighting up one of Newcastle’s busiest locations in the central business district (CBD).

The first-of-its-kind artwork in the heart of town was commissioned by the Newcastle City Business Improvement Association (Newcastle BIA) to activate – and beautify – Darby Street.

“We’re always looking for ways to create more safe spaces for the community in the CBD,” chair Kendall Brooks said.

“We are calling it ‘beautification with a purpose’ in this case.

“The project combined art with lighting in a laneway that was looking quite dark and dubious.

“We’re hoping to collaborate with other artists on similar ventures in the future.”

After the Newcastle BIA reached out to artists, The Wall Station successfully pitched the concept of a unique mural with lights.

The collaborative team of Jacinta Fintan, local creative Nick Fintan and Jared Lawlor, from Herb Urban, then started the hunt to locate the perfect wall.

And, they found it on a pedestrian walkway next door to Goldberg’s Café.

The Wall Station also teamed up with talented students from Cooks Hill Campus, involving them in the installation.

“This bold public artwork activates the space with fresh art and interactive LED lighting, inviting visitors to walk through the space to experience the mural, and the changing light colours and timings,” Nick explained.

“The Darby Street Light Mural transforms a once-ignored area into a visually stimulating environment.

“Public art works have been proven to attract people, increasing the sense of community presence and collective ownership and, ultimately, improving safety.”

Fintan’s collage-styled mural works harmoniously with Lawlor’s interactive LED lighting installation.

As visitors walk through the space, the colours and timing of the artwork lighting changes.

And, the artwork has reinvigorated the passageway, which was showing signs of neglect with peeling paint and graffiti tags.

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