Sturt Street Trees To Shine Like Never Before

If you happened to see some giant faces brilliantly beamed onto Sturt Streets trees on Wednesday night, your eyes weren’t deceiving you.

As a teaser to the upcoming Ballarat Heritage Festival, one of the leading event highlights was given a test run on Wednesday night before the festival officially gets underway.

Monuments, by Australian artist Craig Walsh, is a free outdoor video installation that projects large human faces onto trees to challenge traditional expectations of public monuments and the selective history represented in some civic spaces.

As part of the Ballarat Heritage Festival, the faces of Wadawurrung man Barry Gilson, local restaurateur of Greek heritage Terry Frangos, and Charles Zhang of the Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat will be projected onto the large trees in Sturt Street’s centre median.

To be shown nightly during the festival, the faces of the three local identities will visually depict how Ballarat became home to a shared group of Traditional Owners and migrants from Chinese and European backgrounds.

Monuments will run every night between 6pm and 9pm for the festival, from Friday 17 May-Sunday 26 May.

For Craig Walsh, it will be the first time his work has been showcased in Ballarat, but comes off the back of countless exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas including in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, and Singapore.

He said he was thrilled to be able to exhibit his works in Ballarat’s historic Sturt Street boulevard.

“This project not only recognises Barry, Terry and Charles and their communities for their distinctive contribution to Ballarat, but also acts to represent the many people making a difference in this region, often in a way not recognised in our public monuments,” Mr Walsh said.

City of Ballarat Mayor, Cr Des Hudson said the entire Ballarat Heritage Festival line-up was shaping up as one of the most impressive festivals to date.

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