WORK is progressing on a mural depicting turn-of-the-century life and prosperity in the town of Rainbow, thanks to funding from the Victorian government.
The mural, commissioned by the Yurunga Homestead committee, is based on early photographs from the establishment of the homestead and the various families that occupied the house in the early 1900s.
Artist Belinda Eckermann, owner of the Turbo Gallery art space in Rainbow, was commissioned to complete the artwork.
Yurunga Homestead committee member Jenny Solly said the mural would feature a QR code as part of an interactive historical experience.
"We are including a QR code on it that will have a link to a podcast, which makes it into an interactive history," she said.
"People can come along any time, when we are not open, and they can access that historical information when they are looking at the mural."
Once completed, the mural will be placed on a shipping container at the site.
Ms Eckermann has been painting the artwork on a portable metal panel in a shed on the outskirts of the town due to weather concerns.
Funding for the mural project was made available through a Regional Arts Victoria Quick Response grant.
Ms Solly said the mural idea was inspired by the completion of the nearby Albacutya Silo art.
With funding from an earlier Heritage Victoria grant, the homestead committee hired a Bendigo-based heritage consultant to manage the application of grant funds.
With help from the consultant, the group has applied to 2021's round of Heritage Victoria Living Heritage grants.
Ms Solly said the committee was more ambitious in its grant application and hoped to hear back from Heritage Victoria in late July.
"We are going for quite a bit of money to try to restore the cracking on the southwest corner of the house," she said.
"We have plaster falling off the walls, and the laundry has moved away from the rest of the house, so we are hoping to stabilise all of that.
"We are going for the whole hog this time because there are other things we will do as well if we are successful."
She said a successful grant application would be welcome, as the committee has had to cancel catering events at the homestead due to COVID-19 restrictions.
"It is very one and off again, with going into lockdown, coming out of lockdown and being quite tentative about it," she said.
"After a few weeks, you are in full stride, and then you are in lockdown again. We have had to cancel several of our catering bookings.
"Some groups have rescheduled twice and we have had to cancel them both times, so hopefully we can catch up to them and book them for some time in the future."
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