Port Lincoln mural starts road to 2020 SALT Festival

The SALT Festival Committee celebrated the completion of Port Lincoln's latest and largest mural and used the occasion to encourage ideas for events for the 2020 festival, set for April 17 to 26.

The committee held a soft launch for the festival on Sunday which coincided with the completion of artist Josh Harris' mural 'Soar Above', located on the western wall of Lincoln Computer Centre on Washington Street.

The mural, which was started in April during the 2019 SALT Festival, depicts a bird of prey, an amalgam of an owl, osprey and kite with the words "soar above" in graffiti-style lettering below.

SALT committee chairperson Jack Ritchie said the occasion was perfect to start getting people to think of ideas for the festival, keeping in line with the theme of "anything is possible".

"Over the last three years there have been more than 450 events, the majority of those are creations from the (Eyre Peninsula) region," he said.

"What we do each year is compliment that with work from other parts of Australia and the world."

Mr Ritchie said Mr Harris' mural kept with the theme of "anything is possible" and was a great showcase of his creative skills.

The launch also served as a farewell to Mr Harris and his family as he departs for south-east Queensland soon.

In his two years living on Lower Eyre Peninsula he completed at least 24 projects across the region.

Mr Harris said soon after arriving in Port Lincoln in September 2017 that he wanted to the paint the wall on the Lincoln Computer Centre and thanked Greg Williams for allowing it to happen.

He also thanked Colour Tumby Street Art Festival, Montana Cans, Juddy Roller, M&M Civil, Dulux and Mitre 10 for contributing materials for the mural.

"Hopefully I can come back now and then...I will have discussions with SALT to be involved in 2020 and with Colour Tumby about what is possible," he said.

Applications for the 2020 festival will open soon online at www.saltfestival.com.au and updates on the festival are available on the festival's Facebook and Instagram.

Mr Ritchie said the committee aimed to have most of the programme and feature events ready before Christmas.

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