Local artist Kirrily Anderson has completed work on ‘Reverance’, a mural commissioned by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to raise awareness for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater and other threatened species who call the Chiltern Box - Ironbark Forest home.

The artwork, situated at the Chiltern Recreation Reserve, is hard to miss at 12 metres wide by 9 metres high.

“My team and I spent 25 days working on the project, and the feedback from local residents and people passing by has been fantastic. Everyone has been really supportive of the project” Ms Anderson said.

“The mural depicts a wide variety of species, ranging from the well-known and loved Regent Honeyeater, a Barking Owl, the rare and delicate spider orchid, and the majestic Ironbark which provide essential food and shelter for these species.

“For me, as an artist, it's was a great opportunity to be able to tell a bit of the story about endangered and threatened species in the park through my artwork.

“The artwork invites all visitors to connect with the Box-Ironbark environment, explore the surrounding park and search for the 27 plants and animals depicted in the mural.”

Ms Anderson was chosen from 12 other artists in an exhaustive selection process that called on artists to display their passion for Australian wildlife as well as artistic skills and flair.

The artwork is funded through DELWP’s Biodiversity On-Ground Action Icon Species Grants program which aims to highlight, protect and conserve Victoria’s threatened species.

“It is exciting to be involved in another fantastic piece of artwork in Chiltern to highlight how special this forest is for our native flora and fauna,” DELWP Natural Environment Programs Officer, Elizabeth Wemyss, said.

“The Box-Ironbark Forest surrounding Chiltern is home to many of the State’s and Australia’s most endangered plants and animals.

“The aim of the mural is to show people what is in their area, and to encourage them to stroll along some incredible trails, take in the views, and seek out some of the rare and beautiful plants and animals found in the area.”

The mural can be found at the Chiltern Recreation Reserve, Conness St, Chiltern. More information on DELWP’s Biodiversity On-Ground Action program can be found here - https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/biodiversity/biodiversity-on-ground-action

Page last updated: 17/11/20