Are you looking for a fun and free school holiday activity? Local artist Rebecca Murray of Flying Spanners Gallery has spent the past two years painting colourful
murals onto telecommunications pillars and electrical boxes throughout the Civic Precinct and has now drawn a map of their locations so kids of all ages
can find them!
The map highlights the locations of 15 pillar people and nine underwater scenes that can be found by walking through the city streets.
The pillars are used to house telecommunication wires and Rebecca has painted them in costumes representing the various workers who utilise the precinct
on a daily basis, including a judge outside of the Law Courts, a superhero outside of Graphic Action Comics, a bride near the strip of bridal boutiques
and her groom dressed in a penguin suit further down the road near men’s formal wear.
There's also a policeman, waitress, ice skater, bouncer, parking officer, violinist, chef and former Newcastle Lady Mayoress Joy Cummings, to mention just
To add a further element of interest, on the map Rebecca has highlighted several smaller items that she has painted into each mural that are a little
trickier to find, including a lady bug, 10 mice, three bees, one red poppy, a fairy, a dog, a jet plane, a tank, an aircraft carrier and a cricket.
Now that's a lot of finding fun guaranteed to expire some energy. The Pillar People and various murals can be found throughout the Civic Precinct stretching
along Hunter, King, Darby, Aukland, Union and Argyle Streets.
This free activity is proving to be a popular pass time with grandparents and their grandchildren and is a great way to teach your children to cross
the road safely while enjoying all of the interesting architecture in the Precinct, from Newcastle City Hall to the new University of Newcastle City campus
which is due to open in July this year.
To pick up a copy of the map, simply call into any cafe or retail store in the Civic Precinct and ask the staff. We have also placed copies at the Ticketek
Box Office, Newcastle Museum and the City Library.
"I just wanted to message a huge thank you for the street art. As a family with a young child living on Hunter St, I can't express enough how much we adore
& appreciate the characters and our little fairy wrens and rattie friends. I love that they are part of our every day and admire your work so much.
Morris Family, Hunter St
This project is a collaboration between the Civic Precinct business owners, their staff, and Newcastle Now.
To download and print your own map - CLICK HERE