Art brings colour and controversy

ART, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

One such beholder is Town of Victoria Park councillor Vin Nairn, who has declared the new mural in Etwell Street by visiting Argentinean artist Elian Chali as �pretty average�.

�It�s so simple, a work experience boy could have done it,� the sign shop owner said.

The long-standing councillor raised the issue at last week�s ordinary council meeting and said he was not on his own, with several others agreeing with his opinion.

�I�ve had a lot of negative comments about it. What will happen with it? Will (the feedback) go back to the arts group?� Cr Nairn said.

Acting chief executive Anthony Vuleta said �art is in the eye of the beholder� and that art was subjective, meaning it was open to personal interpretation.

�It is valuable to leave it (the mural) there and see how we go for a period of time. Art should create a conversation,� he said.

�A year ago we had the same response about art in the town, but it�s OK now.�

Elian�s street art was one of nine pieces created in Victoria Park as part of PUBLIC 2015.

The artist is best known for street art that incorporates bold colours and shapes that emphasise the buildings they are created on.

Titled Repeating Shapes, Elian described the mural as belonging to a series of paintings inspired by the shapes of walls.

Mr Vuleta said the value of the Town�s sponsorship for the street art component of PUBLIC 2015 was $30,000.

�These funds were earmarked for artwork in Etwell Street. As part of its sponsorship of PUBLIC 2015, the Town also contributed $20,000 to the organisation of the (three-day) Symposium,� Mr Vuleta said.