TFE Hotels’ Travelodge Resort Darwin has served as a five-storey blank canvas for Australian artist, Adnate’s latest creation as part of the Darwin Street Art Festival (DSAF).
In less than six days – working in 33.7 °C heat and 90% humidity – Adnate created two large scale artworks on the hotel’s exterior wall in tribute to the local Larrakia mob.
“The children featured in Travelodge mural are both from the Fejo family – they are Larrakia people and are the Traditional Owners of Garramilla (Darwin), which sits upon Larrakia Land,” said DSAF Director, David Collins.
“Both Adnate and the team from Darwin Street Art Festival consulted with the Fejo Family and their Elders prior to this mural commencing and received their blessing and permission to use images of their young people (Jacie and Kacia King).”
“These children are the emerging generation of Larrakia people and represent their future. And our artist has done an incredible job of capturing this.”
Travelodge Resort Darwin was the only hotel to participate in this year’s festival, which saw 30 artists create 20 colourful murals across the city.
“We are humbled to participate in the Darwin Street Art Festival for a second consecutive year and are thrilled to have an artist of Adnate’s calibre transform our hotel’s exterior into such a beautiful mural,” said Travelodge Resort General Manager, Lucy Ockleston.
“The end result is striking with the red, yellow, and black background symbolising the Aboriginal flag and the children representing the future of the Larrakia people.”
Travelodge’s two DSAF artworks form part of Darwin’s CBD self-guided Street Art Tourist Trail, available via the DSAF app.