Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Sheffield, Tasmania

Travelling further along the road we came to Sheffield inland from Devonport.  It nestles itself under Mt. Roland with farmland around.
Shefflied is known as the Town of Murals which was inspired by the story of Chemainus a small Canadian town.

The first town mural was painted in Sheffield in December 1986. Since then over 60 murals depicting the area's rich history and beautiful natural scenery are painted on walls scattered throughout the town and buildings along the roadside. The murals attract an estimated 200,000 people to the town annually.

The International Mural Fest art competition has been held annually since 2003 and returns in April each year. A poem is selected which the artists use as their inspiration. After each competition the 9 finalist murals remain on display at Mural Park for approximately 12 months until the next competition.

Walking through the town I took photos of some of the murals.

























The extinct Tasmanian Tiger.



20 comments:

  1. These are really awesome! I'm really fascinated by the first one that looks 3 dimensional. What a great artistic project for the city and for the artists who compete.

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    1. There are so many of them, I didn't take photos of all.

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  2. Margaret it is a fantastic place to visit. All are great but thge fouryh and fifth are the best in my opinion..

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  3. Incredible - what an interesting place???
    This Sheffield should be given an award for civic pride.
    No graffiti on these magnificent murals! That respect
    for this magnificent civic work is wonderful.
    Well done citizens of Sheffield.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. It's a sweet town also nice and clean. I am sure all the people connected to the town are proud.

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  4. Those murals are really nice. I enlarged them all so I could see details. If I lived closer, I'd definitely be one of the 200,000 visitors!

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    1. That's nice you did that. I do make the photos a little larger than shown, but not too large because I remember many people only have x amount of data each month.

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  5. Oh my goodness those murals are bloody awesome

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  6. They are just brilliant. The good thing about it being ongoing is that you don't end up with a town full of fading murals, which has happened here in Victoria. Sheffield is certainly added to my list of places to see.

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    1. I have visited them sometime ago, there are new ones added of course, the older ones certainly have not faded which is excellent.

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  7. Wow, they are very beautiful! And what a boon that is, economically, to the town, the art and the mural festival. Art does pay!

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  8. They are wonderful. Very talented artists.

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