Marion Council Chamber Wall

Unfortunately the wild weather brought these two down before their time.  There’s a point at which it is possible to rescue a paste up and one where the opportunity has passed due to the amount of damage.   These photographs were taken the night the murals were put up so they are still wet.

Wesleyan Uniting Church, Marion Council Chamber wall muralral

The Tinderbox at Wesleyan Uniting, Marion

Detail of The Tinderbox, Wesleyan Uniting, Marion

Detail of The Tinderbox at Wesley Uniting, Marion

The three dogs from The Tinderbox at Wesleyan Uniting Church, Marion.  Accompanying sound track Imperfect Vision by chalkwhitehands.


Three Billy Goats Gruff at Hallet Bridge, South Road, O'Halloran Hill

Three Billy Goats Gruff at Hallet Bridge, South Road, O'Halloran Hill

Three Billy Goats Gruff at Hallet Bridge, detail

the Troll, Three Billy Goats Gruff detail

Three Billy Goats Gruff crossing Hallet Bridge near Main South Road, O’Halloran Hill.  Does the Troll look familiar?  Accompanying sound track  Transcript of Life by chalkwhitehands.

For more information, including a map or tour, of the southern historical landmarks from the exhibition including Hallett Bridge see here.


Red Riding Hood at Marino

An observer of street art would probably think the artist prefers a freshly painted new wall as a canvas, with no other artwork around.  Rendered walls with a high-sheen surface are by far the hardest to work with wheatpaste, and a new wall has no atmosphere.  Enter the Marion Council Depot wall.

wheat paste mural on Marion Depot wall

Although this wall has no surrounding graffiti, it ticks all the boxes for texture, grunge and atmosphere.  It even has an old vine of some sort growing through the cracks in the wall.  The lack of existing artwork was overcome by including a graffiti covered building at Marino.

wheat paste mural on Marion Depot wall

Why is Red Riding Hood approaching this darkened, abandoned building?

paste up mural at the Marion Depot

On closer inspection, she isn’t what she seems; morphing into a cross between the wolf, Nosferatu and Sadako.  So what’s in her picnic basket, Grandma?

Marion Council Depot, 935 Marion Road, Mitchell Park



The Dark Significance of Bluebeard

When we started working on the Subterranean exhibition, the emergence of European fairy tale characters warping and changing the local landscape was a metaphor for the impact of white colonisation on the Australian environment.  As the work progressed, specific stories matched the menace of the surroundings, such as Bluebeard at the old Glandore Boys Home.  With the national investigation of child abuse in institutions, the personification of domestic violence is an ominous presence as he climbs into the grounds of what is now a community centre, blurring the past with the present.

wheat paste mural

A month ago the story broke of contaminated groundwater near the old Mitsubishi factory in the Marion Council District.  Vapour from the contamination was working its way through the walls of buildings in the area.  The poisonous presence of Bluebeard climbing through the window of the old Pea Farm Ruins after emerging from under the ground takes on new meaning.

wheatpaste mural

Mural locations:

Bluebeard at Glandore, Continental Bakery wall, Almond Grove Road, Glandore

Bluebeard at the Pea Farm, O’Halloran Hill, on the Bernard and Keryn Brown Furnishers wall, 1262 South Road, Clovelly Park