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Artist Lach Taylor-Grant, aka Rem, has captured the spirit of the times with his latest mural near Tinnie Bar at the Assembly pub in Braddon, where he also works as a manager. His “coronavirus squid” – which is not double but triple vaccinated – lurks in the corner of the pub, often not seen, but always gives Lach a sense of accomplishment. “I really like it, especially the concept of getting out of the lockdown, and it has a message that’s a little important right now. I’m one of those people who thinks everyone should be grown,” he said. he. “It’s something we’ve done really well in Canberra. Sometimes that Canberra bubble is a good thing.” The 26-year-old born and raised Canberran has performed other works in his hometown, including another squid at the European Garage in Fyshwick. “They’re really nice shapes to paint,” he said. “I did not want to get stuck being known as the Octopus Guy, but people love it, so I decided to lean into it.” Lach says his ambition is to work full time as an artist and fill some of the “big, gray walls” around Canberra. He thinks he was “not good at school” but has found his niche in the arts. “Possibly because I’m in control and I just like creating things,” he said. “I like doing things that are tangible, working with my hands.” Lach has also started the Flow State University initiative, a space where artists can collaborate and support each other’s efforts and pay for it after he was helped to break into the scene, including stencil artist Luke Cornish, also known as ELK, who took him under its wings. . And the sky is literally the limit of Lach. “Canberra has so many empty walls, so many big, gray monstrosities, and I’m one of those people who wants to paint on everything,” he said. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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