If 20,000 plus people can do it every year, why not an emu?
Parkes has a brand-new resident – a giant jumpsuit-clad, rockin’ emu mural to add to our town’s collection of 17 public art installations.
It took acclaimed Lightning Ridge artist, John Murray, two and a half days to transform the Caledonia Street wall of the Parkes Services Club into an Elvis-inspired emu artwork, complete with a bejewelled jumpsuit.
“I was driving through Parkes and noticed there was an opportunity for more street art. It’s great for the town as there are always grey nomads passing through, especially during Parkes Elvis Festival.”
John began painting the larger-than-life caricatures in the 1980s. His work now features in public spaces across the country. The Elvis Emu in Parkes is an exact replica of the one painted on ACDC Lane in Melbourne unveiled earlier this year.
Find out more about the Parkes Shire Public Art Trail at www.parkes.nsw.gov.au/things-todo/arts-culture/public-art/