New public artwork by Katira
In November 2023, the vibrant ‘Abundance’ mural burst to life on a massive wall in Footscray, spanning an impressive 66 m in length and 5 m in height. Created in approx. 10 days by the talented Katira—with the assistance of artist friends Lucy Lucy, Jack Roland, and Mahtous—this artwork now radiates energy throughout the streets, proudly owned by the embracing community. Dive into the concept below! Generously supported by the City of Maribyrnong.
Katira: ” In crafting this mural, my central inspiration emerged from the idea of unity and collective action, symbolised by the intertwined figures of two culturally diverse young women at the mural’s core, holding seeds in their hands. Their braided hair, from which gums and nature grow, signifies the flourishing abundance that results from our shared connections and collaborative efforts towards a common future.
The design draws inspiration from Maribyrnong City Council’s Climate Emergency Strategy, translating its elements into symbolic representations. Instead of providing a literal portrayal, the design aims to use symbols to evoke emotional resonance with the public, fostering a nurturing attitude towards our natural environment. The sense of constant mutual flourishing, harmony, and care shines throughout this visual narrative, inspiring the community to reflect on their role in collective action for a sustainable future.
In homage to the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and the Bunurong people’s land, I incorporated local fauna and flora, featuring elements such as kangaroo paws, blue gums, eucalyptus blossoms, rainbow lorikeets, and glenn whistlers. Vibrant colours and a magical realism aesthetic serve as an invitation to the public to contemplate the future of the new generation and recognise our integral role within the ecosystem.
Turning to the left side of the mural, I particularly focus on the impact of small actions like cycling. This segment visually communicates the ripple effect of individual choices, aligning with the council’s goal of promoting active transport modes fuelled by human power.