Mural to promote Lifeline

FOUR figures tracking the process of defeat to accepting the help of another has been expressed in a mural behind the Lifeline Gippsland Morwell opportunity shop.

Twenty-two year old Nick Hinder, known only as ‘Hinder’ in the street art community, has spent the last five days transforming the white brick wall.

Spray paint was used to draw the outline of the figures and was painted with blue, dripping house paint – the colour signifying depression and the Lifeline organisation and the texture representing fluidity and change.

“I worked with Lifeline to create something that embodied what the organisation is about,” Hinder said.

“There’s a theme of change for the better, starting out in isolation and ending up with someone helping.”

Hinder said he had done street art work in Sydney and Gippsland while undertaking his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at the Gippsland Medical School, but was not unfamiliar with art galleries.

“As I’ve been painting it, there’s been a good community response to it. People have come up and said, ‘It looks really good’,” Mr Hinder said.

“The whole point of doing art within the street is everyone gets to see it and it’s the broadest way to get your art out there. It engages the everyday person that wouldn’t normally be into art.”

Lifeline Gippsland chief executive Claire Davis said it didn’t really matter if people “loved it or hated it”, the mural was a talking point at the end of day”.

“If people talk about it, they could potentially talk about Lifeline or mental (illness), so it stil raised the profile of these issues,” Ms Davis said.