After almost three years of construction, Chris Hemsworth is finally ready to move into his Byron Bay mansion.
And on Monday, the Hollywood star offered the first ever glimpse inside the property when he revealed one of its rooms had been decorated with an enormous mural.
Chris, 35, hired ‘one of [his] favourite artists’ for the job, 31-year-old Indigenous painter and surfer Otis Hope Carey, and the results truly are spectacular.
The Thor actor shared a gallery of photos to Instagram that highlighted the scale and detail of the mural, and also showed the talented artist at work.
In the caption, he explained that the artwork ‘focuses on representational imagery of the ceremonial dancing of the Gumbaynggirr people [an Aboriginal group from the Mid North Coast of NSW] weaved together with traditional forms in thanks to their totemic spiritual emblem “GAAGAL”.’
Going into greater detail, Chris added: ‘Long shifting black lines ripple across the wall demonstrating the power and energy emanating from dancing feet stomping into the ground.
‘Blue circular line work is painted over the top throughout the composition in reference to the ocean in an act of thanks for its healing powers and all that is received from it.
‘In this piece, Otis utilises traditional symbols and imagery in grandiose scale in a display of contemporary practice and thought.’
The photos not only highlight the beauty and grandiosity of the artwork, but also give some idea as to the sheer size of the rooms inside Chris’ mansion.
There are enormous high ceilings and and what appears to be an elevated hallway, as well as a long concrete bench running along the wall below the mural.
Otis, who grew up in Coffs Harbour and now lives in Byron Bay, is a Billabong-sponsored professional surfer who presented his first solo exhibition in June 2016.
He told the ABC in September 2017 that he finds inspiration from the ocean in his artwork.
‘The lines with the movements and the crossing over, underlying layers, that’s the ocean itself,’ he said. ‘I find a lot of inspiration in the ocean, I find a lot of calm and power. It means a lot to me.
‘If I need to be lifted up, I’ll go out into the ocean, go for a surf.’
While it’s unclear how much Chris paid for the commission, his home at Broken Head will be worth an estimated $20million once it is completed.
Chris and his wife Elsa Pataky had originally purchased the property for $7million in 2014 and began the extensive renovations at the end of 2016.
The development has proved controversial with locals, some of whom have unkindly compared it to a ‘fortress’, a ‘shopping mall’ and a ‘multi-storey car park’.
Last month, it was reported that the couple and their children – daughter India Rose, seven, and twin sons Sasha and Tristan, five – were preparing to move into the hilltop complex.