Native ants to adorn Bennetts Lane in mural

Work starts today on a mural that will cover the length of Bennetts Lane, from High Street all the way to the Acacia car park.

Chiltern artist Kirrily Anderson was awarded the contract to undertake the work, which will see the laneway closed at both ends until September 19.

Her mural concept centres around the notion of slowing down and taking notice of what is around us and will feature The Golden Tail Spiny Ant, which is an Australian native and can be found in the nature reserves around Wodonga.

"I was walking around Swainsona Reserve behind Hunchback Hill one day and came across these ants, they are beautiful with their golden tail," she said.

"I have chosen a soft natural colour palette inspired by leaf litter to bring the calm of the Australian bush into the urban landscape.

"I will use gold paint to highlight the striking appearance of these tiny natives, which will be a feature of the mural."

Ms Anderson said her concept of using the ants also used that notion of ants moving around and connecting through trails, just like laneways connect people walking through them.

Ms Anderson will have a couple of people help paint the patterned background over the first three days, while the remainder of her time will be used to draw and paint the ants using acrylic ink and paint.

"There's so much progress in Wodonga, things are happening and it's an urban centre so it's important to stop, look around and take it all in. Hopefully this mural can help people to do this."

Works include rendering existing brick wall, installing the custom design mural to both sides of laneway and installation of improved lighting.