Street art: life cycle of the Yeperenye in giant mural


p2572 Yeperenye mural 1A stunning mural, celebrating the life cycle of the Yeperenye caterpillar, one of the sacred totems of Mparntwe, is unfolding on the long blank wall of the Yeperenye Shopping Centre, facing into the makeshift carpark on the corner of Bath Street and Gregory Terrace.
The artist /designer extraordinaire is Jimmy DVATE, assisted by TIKLS and Mark Twohig.
Alice Springs artist Rod Moss contributed these images.
The mural is one of the projects of the current Festival of Street Art.
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  1. We obviously do not need an Aboriginal art gallery.
    Aborigines lived outdoors and street art is the best to show it.
    All those horrible metal fences should be used for displaying Aboriginal culture.
    This would attract: Alice – the only Aussie town with no metal fence or blank walls.
    Tour buses stop to allow tourists to take photos of the Coles mural depicting the history of Alice Springs; in the same way they could tour the town.

  2. Amazing talent has made a public eye sure come to life, somewhat disappointed though as I feel a project like this would have been an ideal canvas to show our local Indigenous talent and put a positive spin on much of the negativity currently around our town.
    Surely there are artist in town or from near by homelands that could have expressed their talents here.

  3. As a US tourist who happens to have an interest in insects, it was wonderful to stumble across this mural. I loved it. Thank you for this and other street art. It really adds something important and special to the town.


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