Kapunda murals progress

A PROMINENT Kapunda businessman, the late Eli Hambour, will feature in the next lot of artwork for the growing ‘Kapunda Mural Town’ project.

Mr Hambour, among many things, was known for helping to establish the Kapunda Harness Racing Club, and will be depicted on the side wall of Kapunda’s art gallery, later this year.

 The mural will join several already completed or under-way across the township, including the project’s largest mural to date, currently being painted directly onto the Lucas Street wall of the Kapunda newsagency.

It depicts a montage of town and mine scenes, taken from old photographs of the Kapunda mine site and the Kapunda main street, and is expected to be completed in the second half of this year.

The mural’s artist, Danny Menzel, said the size and prominent location of the artwork is drawing lots of attention from passers-by, who look forward to seeing it progress and take shape.

“I’m confident it will look really, really good when finished, so that is what is driving me and what I enjoy about it,” he said.

“I also enjoy painting; I’m a freelance graphic designer, so a lot of the work I do is on the computer these days, so I can miss the painting side of what I do.”

Other murals in the pipeline include for the upper-storey windows of the North Kapunda Hotel, and the heritage-listed Hill Street stone wall.

Three other large-scale artworks, at the post office, fire station, and North Kapunda Hotel, were formally unveiled as part of the community-led initiative, in May.

Meanwhile, a Kickstarter campaign, started last year to garner community donations towards the project, raised $5700 to bring the total amount of public donations to nearly $13,000.


Ellouise Crawford


Ellouise Crawford joined The Bunyip in April, 2010, while completing a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of South Australia. Ellouise wrote The Bunyip’s Playford Times before joining the editorial team full-time in late-2011. She now covers the Light Regional Council region and enjoys writing about Gawler’s strong heritage, as well as its many passionate and inspirational residents. Ellouise grew up in Gawler and now lives in Wasleys with her family.

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