Canberra Centre may be filled with hoarding at the moment but they're at least putting it to use from this weekend, and using it to add an extra bit of Christmas cheer.
Sydney-based typography artist Gemma O'Brien will be in the centre from December 11-15 creating a giant mural on the bare temporary wall just down from David Jones on the ground floor.
"I'll be painting a mural that says 'magical, which is one of the three words in the Christmas theming for the centre," said O'Brien.
Working both at ground level and on a ladder, O'Brien will fill the nine metre space with her detailed typography artpiece. She starts the painting process on Saturday and working through to Monday – so anyone can drop by and watch her work her magic.
"This one is quite large and it's quite high so there's a lot of moving around on a ladder – so it's good to have a lot of time to do the detail without me doing all-nighters every night."
The finished work is then expected to stay up on the hoarding for the coming months – or until Canberra Centre finally reveals whatever is being created behind that hoarding.
Heading up to Christmas Day, Canberra Centre also has lots on to try and ease the stress of shoppers.
Entertainers, festive carollers, a piano player and even a harpist will perform live at various times. There's gift wrapping with proceeds going to SIDS and Kids on level 1 outside Witchery.
And on Friday December 18, there will be a pamper parlour with bubbly, massages and makeup trials from 4-9pm outside Nespresso. See canberracentre.com.au.