In Zest’s latest project artist Jenny McCracken goes ‘Beyond the Walls’ to reveal some of the treasures of life in Barraba, NSW. The trompe l’oeil mural recently completed on Alice Street, is simply exploding with local birdlife and brings a refreshing new perspective to the streets of this small town.

australian birds fly out of waterfall in hole in the wall 3d mural

The Barraba Public Art Committee hopes that this art instalment will encourage visitors into the region, complementing the recently completed silo art mural, which sits on the outskirts of town. Committee member Emily Bowman explains;

“Our vision is to create inspiring public art that will attract visitors to our beautiful town – people who will walk down our streets, meet the locals, shop in our shops and stay over-night in our pubs and hotels.


Horton Falls are a popular summertime destination with locals, and they hold fond memories for many. After many years of drought, the falls are once again flowing freely, and this is truly something to celebrate. Jenny McCracken has perfectly captured this emotion in her mural, along with the natural beauty and rich diversity of wildlife in the area.”

Artist’s statement


The threatened Swift Parrot can be found in the region

‘Beyond the Walls’ is an illusory image of breaking through the constructs of civilization to a wonderland of treasured memories and natural beauty.  Horton Falls, the backdrop of the mural, is a local landmark where generations of Barraba families have enjoyed refreshing afternoons, camping, swimming, picnicking and exploring.

The surrounding bush is a haven for wildlife, birds in particular.  Five of the more than a dozen different species of parrots found locally are featured, including the rarest, and one of the most common.  The Swift Parrot, and Galah are the smallest and largest birds depicted, and a King Parrot, a Red Rumped Parrot and an Eastern Rosella, along with a Pacific Heron all appear to be taking flight.

You can imagine whoops and calls of delight have disturbed the peace, as a figure swings out over the deep pool at the base of the falls.

For those planning their next road trip, head north along the Fossickers Way from Tamworth to catch this epic mural. ‘Beyond the Walls’ can be viewed in Alice Street, Barraba NSW.

A Zest Events International project.
Artist: Jenny McCracken
Producer: Andi Mether

Thank you to the Barraba Public Art Committee, Northwest Local Land Services and the many local businesses and community members involved in this project.

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