Mid-November 2020, Engine connected with Melbourne-based start-up, Book An Artist, to create a Christmas gift to share with the public. Australia’s creative industry had taken a blow during lockdown resulting in lost jobs and unforeseen circumstances. After such a challenging year full of uncertainty, the Engine team wanted to bring a little colour back to Melbourne while simultaneously supporting small businesses and the local art scene.
Through the Book An Artist platform, Engine selected local artist Damian Cazaly to paint a wall for the community to enjoy. His task was to create a colourful mural that inspired happiness and made onlookers stop and say “wow.” The interactive mural design included Australian flora and fauna, hot air balloons, children playing and butterfly wings - a perfect spot for a quick Instagram shot! The general theme celebrates Melbourne's hard work and freedoms from lockdown.
Since it’s competition, the mural has increased foot traffic in the area and created a safe and enjoyable environment for Melbournians. Head down to 276 Albert Street, Brunswick, for a family snap in front of the "Big Kookaburra."