One of Benalla’s street art works by artist Adnate has been voted number eight in the international Top Murals of Our Time edition of Widewalls, an online portal followed by street art aficionados across the world.
The piece by Adnate, a large photorealistic work depicting a young Burmese girl, was painted as part of the inaugural Street Art Festival in January 2015, which saw thirteen artworks painted on buildings and structures around Benalla.
Widewalls has been looking for two years for the best murals in the world, based in part on the opinions of their nearly 50,000 followers. They describe the Adnate work as a “truly amazing work of one of the world’s leading street art portraitists”.
“Widewalls is a highly respected online publication leading the way in the appreciation of street art,” said Shaun Hossack, who with his street art and mural management company Juddy Roller and the Benalla Street Art Committee organised the Street Art Festival.
“It’s great to see the transformative power of street art in Benalla. It really gives Benalla a great point of difference that will help bring more visitors to the town and ensure the town continues to thrive well into the future,” Mr Hossack said.
The artist Adnate said he was honoured to be part of an “amazing list of murals”.
“I’m also really happy that this kind of attention has been brought to Benalla,” Adnate said. “It’s normally the big cities and street art capitals of the world that are known for these kind of works.”
Geoff Calvert, spokesperson of the Benalla Street Art Committee, said: “We’re excited that one of the works that we did last year has made number eight in the world in such a highly respected street art publication. We’re thankful to Juddy Roller for bringing Adnate to Benalla and we’re really proud of our first year’s achievement in putting Benalla on the map, which was our key objective, and we are looking forward to Street Art 2016.”
Mayor Cr Justin King said it was a great honour for the artwork to get international recognition.
“The stunning works of art that form our street art collection have changed the streetscape of Benalla’s CBD and provide a new point of interest for visitors, emphasising the community’s commitment to encouraging contemporary art,” Cr King said.
“We have also been fortunate to acquire, through a donation from the Friends of the Benalla Art Gallery, one of Adnate’s other works that now has a permanent home at the Gallery,” he said.
All of the street art in Benalla can be explored through a self-guided tour, with maps available at the Visitor Information Centre, Mair Street, which is open seven days a week, from 9am-5pm.