Rural Australian boy goes big in Moscow mural for FIFA World Cup
Artist Martin Ron’s mural of Tumby Bay’s Harry Lebrun on an apartment building in Moscow. (Supplied: Martin Ron)
Ten-year-old Harry Lebrun of Tumby Bay, South Australia have never been to Moscow but thanks to Argentinian muralist Martin Ron, his face has left its mark in the Russian capital.
A five-story tall mural featuring Harry was commissioned ahead of the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, located near the competition’s main stadium.
Ron had been on the Eyre Peninsula to paint the Tumby Bay’s silos when the pair met.
Muralist Martin Ron poses Harry Lebrun in Tumby Bay ahead of painting the mural. (Supplied: Dion Lebrun)
“They were friends all the way through,” Harry’s dad Dion Lebrun said.
“Martin spent a lot of time with our family for the five weeks he was in town; we would go fishing [and] go the beach together.”
Despite the football featured in the mural, soccer is a new hobby to Harry.
“The two spent a good bit of time kicking the soccer ball around,” Mr Lebrun said.
“Before Martin, Harry had never really played soccer; he’s a footy guy.”
Harry is keen to give street art a go after watching Martin Ron paint the Tumby Bay silos. (ABC Eyre Peninsula: Samantha Jonscher)
Ron kept Harry in the loop while the mural was being painted by sending him photos along the way.
“I was anxious and just wanting to see what was happening and how it was going,” Harry said.
“I definitely approve though. It’s awesome and looks so much like me.”
While a trip to Russia is not yet planned, the Lebrun family agrees that they one day hope to make it to Russia to see the mural in person.
Inspired to paint
Once Ron had finished the silo mural in Tumby Bay, he left his spare paint behind for Harry to use.
Soccer is new to Harry but he is keen to improve after practising with artist Martin Ron. (ABC Eyre Peninsula: Samantha Jonscher)
“He gave it to me because he liked the look of this wall behind my skate ramp, and gave me this paint do my own mural someday,” Harry said.
“You can use [the paint] to lose some stress, draw your emotions.
“It would be a lot of effort to be Martin, but I’d love to travel around the world and meet new people, make new friends.”
Harry is still working out what he hopes to paint on that wall.
“It’s a huge honour for a world-renowned artist like Martin to say, ‘I’ve gotten to know these people, I like them, so I’m going to use them as a basis of mural’,” Mr Lebrun said.