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Inverness’s Victorian Market ‘adds spice’ to food hall with vibrant mural

By Annabelle Gauntlett

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Cameron MacFarlane alongside the staff at Namaste standing in front of the new mural in the Victorian Market.
Cameron MacFarlane alongside the staff at Namaste standing in front of the new mural in the Victorian Market.

An eye-catching mural of an Indian woman holding a variation of spices in a cultured landscape featuring Inverness’s Kessock Bridge, is stopping visitors to the Inverness Victorian Market in their tracks.

The city's newest artwork was finished this morning and is already captivating passers-by.

Located opposite Namaste Inbhir Nis, it not only enables people to enjoy attractive artwork but part of its message is to embrace the culture surrounding Inverness and good food available.

Manager of the Victorian Market, Cameron MacFarlane said: “The main reason for creating this mural was because this part of the market I felt was very dull as it had white walls and it felt dark, so we wanted to really spice it up.

“With Namaste located at this side of the market, it was a perfect idea to do something Indian. We want this area of the food hall to be our spice area, so I got in touch with Mark at Fresh Paint, and collaborated with Namaste to come up with the design.

“We also wanted to include something from Inverness in the mural, and we didn’t want to do the Loch Ness monster as I think everyone does that, so we decided to go with the Kessock bridge as it is another focal point of Inverness and the Highlands.

“I just think the whole thing has come out absolutely fantastic, and it was all done just by spray paint, which is unbelievable.

“People are talking about how bright it is and how cultural the market is now, which is what we wanted to achieve, but not only the market, but Inverness too as I think we are a really nice group of people that welcomes all nationalities, and I think that’s what this mural represents.”

This is the second mural the Victorian Market has curated, the other one is situated at the building’s union street entrance and represents the mental health charity, Mikeysline.

Cameron is now keen to add more colour to the market with additional murals in the future.

He said: “I’d love to do more murals, but I am running out of walls. I just think it makes us look like a big city and I would love to do another one. I will give myself another five months to come up with something, but I am sure we will come up with something.”

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