Redland Museum mural depicts historic days of logging

Artist Christian Griffiths puts the finishing touches to a new mural at Redland Museum. 
Photo by Chris McCormack
Artist Christian Griffiths puts the finishing touches to a new mural at Redland Museum. Photo by Chris McCormack

A new mural at Redland Museum celebrates the historic days of logging.

The third in a series of floor-to-ceiling murals that portray historic aspects of the Redlands, the new artwork, in sepia tones, was created by aerosol artist Christian Griffiths, of Murwillumbah and formerly of Birkdale.

Past museum president Kath McNeilly, who has been a driving force behind the murals, said Christian was first commissioned about 10 years ago to do the exterior artwork on the museum's Smith Street facade.

She said he drew inspiration for the logging mural from images of the era, and depicted in great detail the logging process, from cutting the timber to floating it down a river and milling.

"While the mural is not actually a scene from Mount Cotton, logging was a prolific industry there as little as 60 years ago," she said.

"They used to bring the logs down the mountain on timber jinkers."

Kath said it took Christian a week to complete the mural, which, complete with a timber jinker in front of it, complements a mural of the Redlands' farming days and another of the Grand View Hotel.

"The murals have really lifted the displays," she said.

"They add to the collection because you pick the article and then set the scene behind it.

"I'm really thrilled with them."

Kath encouraged people with local knowledge or memorabilia of the Redlands' logging days to contact the museum on 3286 3494.