On Saturday, August 25, 2pm to 9pm, Railway Street in Liverpool will combine food, live music and performances, markets, Garden Games and art into a feast for the senses.
Festival producer Vi Girgis has commissioned several artists to produce sculptures and murals to give Eat Your Heart Out a quirky identity.
“Sydney artist Melissa Carey will build a giant heart sculpture arching over Railway Street,” she said. “It will be the proud centrepiece of our colourful festival this year and in years to come.”
Ms Carey’s work has been shown internationally and often involves large sculptural installations. “This work is called Open Heart and it was inspired by the title of the festival but my artwork is always a representation of what’s going on in my own life,” she said. “It’s about being open and honest, having integrity and authenticity. It’s going to be an immersive experience for people to be part of.”
There will be a colourful mural by Julia Townsend and a mural created by Muralisto with Settlement Services.
Zoe Edema, of Muralisto, said the mural was about multiculturalism and diversity. “Muralisto is dedicated to using public art as a vehicle for social change,” she said. “We do this with youth-focused art mentorships. Working with groups of young people, we start by discussing social issues and incorporate them into the plan for the mural, then they work with our mentors to paint them.”