Locals want a Blue Groper for new Sydney beach mural

Swimmers at Clovelly Beach enjoy stunning views every day – and now summer has presented another sight to enjoy from the scorching hot concrete.

A colorful long mural by artist Matt Adnate now spans the iconic Surf Life Saving Club, celebrating the surf lifeguards and lifesavers who protect thousands of swimmers, snorkelers and sunbathers.

Award-winning artist Matt Adnate in front of his mural at Clovelly Surf Life Saving Club.

Award-winning artist Matt Adnate in front of his mural at Clovelly Surf Life Saving Club.Credit:Flavio Branceone

It includes an underwater scene with fish, jellyfish and surf lifeguards on the beach (lifeguards are community volunteers while lifeguards are employed by the local council).

But there was one detail that countless passers-by demanded in Adnate’s mural: the blue claw.

Adnate, 39, said the distinctive blue fish, which can grow up to a meter long and is also thought to be the fish emblem of NSW, was “a local hero”.

“I don’t think I could get away with painting this mural without putting this guy on it… Everyone freaked out about it.”

So he did, capturing the giant glistening beneath the sun-drenched water.

The whole mural, about 25 meters long, took two weeks and 50 liters of paint. It was commissioned by the paint company Dulux to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Australian Surf Life Saving Clubs livery.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/where-s-the-blue-groper-clovelly-s-giant-new-mural-has-one-essential-feature-20230116-p5ccu7.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_national_nsw Locals want a Blue Groper for new Sydney beach mural

Callan Tansill

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