It is not only murals created for Wollongong's Wonderwalls festival that are creating a buzz locally and nationally.
The latest work by street artist Mike Shankster is also creating waves.
The striking mural above cake shop Kurtosh in Globe Lane differs but works well with the bolder surrounding murals.
The artist dedicated the piece to Max and Autism Spectrum Australia.
The mural was only finished in June and is not part of the Wonderwalls festival, which has been recognised as a game-changing regional urban design project, and will be used as an example of how other towns across NSW can improve their public spaces.
A Wollongong City Council spokesperson said the council has a Cultural Plan and well-established Public Art Strategy that celebrates creative endeavours in a range of forms including sculpture, mural and photography.
"The Strategy clearly sets out our intention to integrate art into our city's cultural character and includes both temporary and permanent works.
"In recent years Council has supported the Wonderwalls Festival in Wollongong and Port Kembla. The legacy of these events can be seen on buildings across the city and in Port Kembla's main street. We know these diverse larger-than-life images are popular with residents and visitors and create a visual impact on otherwise blank walls.
"We're always looking for new and innovative public art projects which not only support our local creative community by promoting a diverse, dynamic and creative environment, but add to the city's cultural life and attractions."
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