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Bellerive icon’s fresh makeover

The Bellerive Reservoir has a fresh look, with local artists and members of Clarence City Council Youth Services working together to create a new art installation.

Located at the intersection of Ormond and Waverley Streets, the concrete reservoir is a focal point of Bellerive and locals were disappointed when the site’s original mural, ‘Grandma’s Wall’, had to be removed a few years ago.

“The original artwork was removed when the tank was resealed and resurfaced in 2019,” TasWater Capital Engagement Specialist Rachaelle Downey said.

“We made a promise to the Clarence City Council and the community that the mural would be returned.

“This (painting) week has thrown all four seasons at us, but the team has stuck together and even had a visit from community members who dropped off some lovely homemade scones for us.”

Local resident Maryanne Jackson, who lives nearby and passes the reservoir every day, was a regular visitor to the site during painting of the new mural.

Maryanne is thrilled that the formerly dull reservoir is bright and colourful once more, and has enjoyed visiting the site with her grandchildren to watch the artists at work and see new installation take shape.

‘Grandma’s Wall 2.0’ is designed to give the viewer the sense of looking at their grandma’s loungeroom or hallway walls. Artists including Trent Fischer, Todd Jacobson, Zac Henderson, Joel Gadja, Reuben Holford, Qom Hart, Harrison Bowe and Tom Deam completed the individual smaller pieces that create the work.

Clarence Mayor Brendan Blomeley said the local community is delighted to see the reservoir once again showcasing a stunning mural on its walls.

“The original artwork ‘Grandma’s Wall’ captured the hearts of many, and its removal during the reservoir’s renovation in 2019 left the community feeling disappointed,” he said.

“We are delighted that TasWater has fulfilled its commitment to replace the mural, and we are thrilled to witness the artists, both new and old, working on-site.

“We cannot wait to see what this next collaboration between Clarence City Council Youth Services and the artists brings, and we know ‘Grandma’s Wall 2.0’ will undoubtedly become a beloved landmark in our community.”

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