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The River Runs Through

Merbein, Victoria Australia

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The River Runs Through is a dynamic art installation which explores the rich narrative of the water ways found at the Merbein Common - a native reserve on the Murray River of Victoria

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Powered by the sun, at night the artwork transforms into a colourful light installation

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The project is a celebration of the spirit of the Merbein community as the majority of funds for this initiative have been donated from local individuals
and businesses


There’s nothing common
about the Merbein Common.


The Merbein Common is a floodplain reserve, nestled in a bend of the Murray River just north-west of Mildura.
It is made up of a series of nationally significant wetlands, such as Cowanna Billabong, and diverse landscapes of
river red gum and black box. 

Created by Beck Storer, The Cutaway
and the Merbein Arts Group, the artwork is presented on the walls of an old refrigerated storage shed, which was once used to store fruit for a juice factory.  


From strangers stopping by to say hello to the painters, or a group of men arriving by tractor to install the red gum signage, to even a mother and daughter planting native plants on site - the project has embraced the positive spirit of the Merbein community.

The artwork has reignited the community with confidence, pride and ownership of a truly unique piece of public art that has transformed an unused shed into an inspiring outdoor public space.

The River Runs Through

Merbein, Victoria Australia

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Corner of the Calder Highway
and 80 Game Street Merbein

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The River Runs Through wins the prestigious A'Design Award!

Among thousands of international submissions, The River Runs Through has been awarded in the top 5% of designs in the world that has achieved an exemplary level of excellence in design.

Visit the award page

View the projects progress here



Merbein, Victoria Australia

Corner of the Calder Highway and 80 Game Street Merbein

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The River Runs Through

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

Image Credits:
Art Installation - Aaron Hawkins 

Merbein Common - Trevour Raymond Rye
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© 2021 Beck Storer The Cutaway

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