199 Macquarie Street

199 Macquarie Street is a vacant lot in the main street of Dubbo. While it awaits development, the temporary fencing facade is being used as the framework for a series of digitally designed artworks printed on site mesh, by local and visiting artists. Some of these works have accompanying motion activated soundtracks that trigger as you walk along the street.

July-October 2016: Nathan Peckham

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This indigenous design by Dubbo artist, Nathan Peckham is another of the digitally printed artworks commissioned through BOOMDubbo for temporary fencing at the first ROAR Music Festival in Dubbo on 9 April 2016. Nathan also produced unique designs for the speaker stacks on the festival stages. It was installed at 199 Macquarie Street in July 2016.

Read more about Nathan’s mural collaboration with Lewis Burns at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo.

See the other designs commissioned for ROAR Music Festival

April – June 2016: El Studio’s ROAR Tiger

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GIF of ROAR Tiger by El Studio & Gavin Williamson

ROAR TIGER by El Studio is a design commissioned through BOOMDubbo for the first ROAR Music Festival held in Dubbo on 9 April 2016. It was shown at 199 Macquarie Street in the lead up to the festival.

I wanted it to be a intricate and bold multi-layer vector design but I wasn’t happy with how they were coming together. So, I decided to strip it back to look like a concept sketch, to see how roughly it could be put together and still look like a stylish animal.
The final image is created with 50+ layers of vector watercolour brushes on a Wacom Pad – these things are magic.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST, EL STUDIO. The gif also includes the work of Gavin Williamson, another of the artists involved in designs for ROAR Music Festival.

August 2015 – March 2016: Fishdog’s Farting Cockatoos

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Jack Randell, Farting Cockatoos, 2015, digitally printed site mesh with motion activated soundscape, next to the Milestone Hotel, Macquarie Street, Dubbo

FARTING COCKATOOS by Fishdog was the first digital mural designed for 199 Macquarie Street, which also included a motion activated soundscape. It is about reconciliation between environment and culture. The motifs are audacious, funny, common and accessible. However, the underlying theme is deeply serious – the accommodation of difference.

Commissioned by BPT

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Breaker Morant

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Ha Ha, Breaker Morant, 2015, stencil portrait, 213 Macquarie Street (behind the Tobacco Station/Network Video), Dubbo

BREAKER MORANT (1864 – 1902) by Ha Ha portrays one of the more colourful characters of the region’s history. Lieutenant Henry Harboard (Harry) Morant is perhaps better known for the manner of his death before a firing squad than what he did in life. Born in England, he spent some time in Australia reportedly breaking as many hearts as horses, often on the move from women and debt. In 1899 when the Boer War began, Morant was in Adelaide and he joined the 2nd Contingent, South Australian Mounted Rifles. He was executed by firing squad in 1902 after being charged with the execution of Boer prisoners. Morant spent some time in western NSW. There’s a memorial to Morant at Bogan Gate, NSW.

The Bruce Beresford directed movie about Morant was made in 1980.

Commissioned by BPT, this work is above Ben Hall behind the Tobacco Station/Network Video, 213 Macquarie Street.

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Ben Hall

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Poncho Army, Ben Hall, 2015, spray painted mural, 213 Macquarie Street (behind the Tobacco Station/Network Video), Dubbo

BEN HALL by Poncho Army has an uncanny resemblance to Aussie actor, Heath Ledger. Hall was a grazier on property about 50km south of Forbes prior to becoming a bushranger. He was associated with some daring raids across an area from Bathurst to Forbes, Goulburn to Gundagai. He was fatally shot by police in 1865, four days short of his 28th birthday at Goobang Creek (the Newell Highway crosses Goobang Creek at Parkes). Hall is buried at Forbes.

Watch Poncho Army at work and Ben Hall the mural in the making, courtesy of Bushtelly Productions. Music by The Watt Riot (thanks to Trina Collins).

Commissioned by BTP, this work is located behind Network Video/Tobacco Station, 213 Macquarie Street.

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Colleen’s Thorn Bird

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Poncho Army, Colleen’s Thorn Bird, 2015, spray painted mural, The Fast Lane Drive Thru Coffee, Dubbo

COLLEEN’S THORN BIRD by Poncho Army is a tribute to Wellington-born Colleen McCullough (1937 – 2015) and the book that brought her literary fame – The Thorn Birds (1977). It changed the former neuroscientist’s life forever, giving up her medical research work to write. The Thorn Birds became a mini-series in the 1980s and the second highest rated miniseries of all time in the US (after Roots).

Commissioned by The Fast Lane Drive Thru Coffee and BPT, this work is located at The Fast Lane Drive Thru Coffee, 15 Bultje Street.

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Kate Leigh

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Poncho Army, Kate Leigh, 2015, spray painted mural, on the wall between The Fast Lane Drive Thru Coffee and the Milestone Hotel, Dubbo

KATE LEIGH by Poncho Army is designed around one of her mug shots. Born in Dubbo in 1881, Leigh had a neglected childhood that saw her in a girls’ home at the age of 12. She was notorious in Sydney during the period of the 1920 razor gang wars, going on to become one of Sydney’s wealthiest women during the 1930s and 40s before dying in poverty in 1964 at the age of 83.

Commissioned by The Fast Lane Drive Thru Coffee and BPT, this work is located at The Fast Lane Drive Thru Coffee, 15 Bultje Street.

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