New CBD artwork to pay tribute to Canberra icon

Iconic Canberra suit maker, John Hanna, will be remembered by the Canberra community in a new mural located in Garema Place.

The artwork, commissioned by In the City Canberra, will pay tribute to John who passed away in September and remembers him as one of the city’s most well-known and respected traders.

In The City Canberra CEO, Jane Easthope, says the mural will acknowledge John and all the contributions he made to the Canberra CBD and the wider community.

“Johnny was one of the longest-serving and most highly esteemed traders within the CBD community,” Jane said. “He made an immense contribution to the CBD, so it’s only fitting we recognise him in this way.”

The mural is a creation of Canberra-based artist, Christopher Toth.

Toth, whose initial brief for the curved wall of Bible House was to ensure his design related to the Canberra CBD, said paying respect to him was a natural fit.

“Johnny was a pillar of the community and he serviced a lot of people over the years,” Christopher said. “I wanted to pay tribute to his life, and give him a gift to say thanks for his time,” says Christopher.

The mural will be painted in Christopher’s signature style, and feature vibrant and energetic colours and textures.

Jane said the mural is a welcome and lively addition to the City over the coming months.

“We feel so privileged to be commissioning this piece of art and working alongside such a talented artist,” said Jane. “The mural will no doubt energise the city, while allowing Canberrans to remember such an iconic figure within our community.”

The artwork will remain on the walls of Bible House until December.