Geelong born, world-renowned street artist Rone has sprinkled his magic on the Geelong Cement Works with his mural of three local identities. They majestically watch over us as we circle Geelong via the ring road, west of the city.
Cor Horsten, 78, depicted in the centre, was a loyal and respected employee of the Cement Works for over 35 years. Corrina Eccles, direct descendent of the Wadawurrung’s Queen Mary stands proudly to his left. Corrina is the operator of the Wadawurrung Association and last year was the winner of the First Nations Women in Community Life Award.
The third local depicted is Kelly Cartwright OAM, our Paralympic champion. Kelly represented Australia in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic games and won two medals at the London 2012 Paralympic games. In 2014 she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her service to sport. Kelly, always a sportswoman, lost her leg to cancer as a teenager and is an inspiration to us all through what she has achieved.
Rone – Tyrone Wright – grew up in Curlewis and went to East Geelong Technical School. His amazing talent for large-scale street art has taken him globally and his work can be found from New York to London. This breathtaking piece only took the month of December 2017 to complete.
Property developers ICD Property and Supalai, a Thai-based firm, teamed up with proprietors Adelaide Brighton Cement for this beautification project. The Geelong City Council was keen for the project to go ahead, having secured UNESCO listing as an International City of Design late last year.
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Story: Jacqui Bennett Photo: Phil Hines Photography