MURAL LOCATION – 200 Commercial Rd, Yarram VIC 3971
Ashlie simply wanted a huge wave on his building. Pure and simple. Just a surf wave as a nod to the fact that Yarram is a major service centre for coastal communities in Gippsland, located south of the Strzelecki Ranges, east of Wilsons Promontory, and inland from the historic Port Albert.
“Oh, and you can you throw in a couple of dolphins while you’re at it”, he said to Heesco as he was about to clamber up to the roof top to begin painting.
WHY I BECAME INVOLVED – “My mother and father came to Yarram in about 1955. My father was an orphan and came out from England as a 10 Pound Pom. He worked as an Accountant for a firm in Yarram and then bought the business with Graham Summers – hence Faulkner & Summers Accountants. My mother working as his secretary.
I was a Uni dropout and then travelled to Europe, USA and around Australia working mainly as a carpenter or anything that made a dollar.
At 24 I met my wife (Jayne) and settled down in Alberton. We both worked full time and on weekends would be doing up old houses. After progressing from residential real estate, we bought some commercial property, the Wynne’s building.
When the chance came to paint a wall at Wynne’s we decided to put a wave on it because of our proximity to the 90 Mile Beach and Wilson’s Promontory. Both our summer holidays were at Woodside Beach and Waratah Bay. We put dolphins in the wave as there are so many in the local inlets and Bass Strait.
Yarram has supported both our parents ie; Clients of Faulkner & Summers and Jayne’s parents who ran a sports and camping store, as well as giving Jayne and myself employment along the way. Our past and current tenants have been good to us and we did this to attract more business for them. Hendo’s Café, Ian Stewart Accounting, Yarram Neighbourhood House Fitness Centre and Davis Manner Department Store.
Also, it is a big thank you to Yarram and all its residents and visitors.” – Ashlie Faulkner – Building owner
THE MURAL DESIGN – “I played around with a few wave designs, but being a surfer from way back, Ashlie was pretty particular about the type and size of the wave he wanted on his wall. We finally settled on the ‘right’ wave and I mocked up the design for Heesco. The end result is nothing short of amazing. Heesco Khosnaran is a true modern-day genius.” Wayne Tindall – Artist/film maker