Street art murals have been created across Monash over the past three years, replacing ugly graffiti tags.
Council has supported the creation of the murals as it helps prevent graffiti. Those who tag or graffiti buildings often respect the work of street artists and will not tag or graffiti their work. Many of the street art projects have also received State Government funding.
Murals created in recent years are in:
Mount Waverley Mural Project
In June 2019, a mural was completed at Mount Waverley (on the eastern wall of the Richie’s IGA Supermarket) on Stephensons Road.
Three community consultation sessions were held, including with Huntingtower School students and community members at the bus stop, to inform the concept brief for an artist. The mural was completed by artist TWOONE and funded with a $30,000 Department of Justice Graffiti Prevention grant. The grant also funded solar lighting at the site to illuminate the mural and increase the perception of safety at the site, and education sessions delivered to local schools to increase awareness of choices and behaviour in relation to graffiti.
This mural completes a 3 year project in partnership with Huntingtower School, which began with Year 9 visual arts students conducting public consultation on local flora and fauna and ancestry of residents, in 2016 and 2017. Marion Power, Head of Visual Arts at Huntingtower was instrumental in driving and completing this project, in partnership with the IGA Supermarket.
Laneway, Glen Waverley
A vibrant street art mural was created on a laneway in Glen Waverley, behind the HSBC and CBA buildings between Railway Parade North and O'Sullivan Road in 2018.
The mural design by artist Scottie Neoh, aka “Bonsai” draws on feedback from local residents and traders for a design featuring colour and nature (pictured above). The mural was funded by a $25,000 Graffiti Prevention Grant from the Department of Justice.
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In June 2017, artist Carla Gottgens painted a mural on the Warrigal Road bridge underpass, having developed the mural’s theme using ideas gained from a community workshop.
The local community said they wanted the mural to reflect the surrounding natural parklands, with native and green floral elements, trees, leaves and vegetation. Council received a $25,000 grant from the State Government for the project, which included the community workshop and three graffiti prevention education sessions in local schools.
Mulgrave Mural Project
Artist Hayden Dewar painted the mural (as per the image above) on the Wanda St milk bar, having developed the mural’s theme using ideas gained from a community workshop.
The local community said they wanted the mural to represent the different cultures and ages of local people, as well as the green character of Mulgrave. Council received a $25,000 grant from the State Government for the project, which included the community workshop and three graffiti prevention education sessions in local schools.
Huntingdale Road, Chadstone
This mural on a milk bar wall in Huntingdale Road (near Jordanville station) is designed around an image of the 1952 Jordanville/Ashwood supermarket.
The artists Andrew Bourke and James Beattie wanted to create a design that would engage with local young people and the older generation.
The project was completed in June 2014 with funding from the Department of Justice.
Huntingdale Railway Station
Huntingdale residents took part in a community forum to help develop ideas for a street art mural at Huntingdale railway station.
Council commissioned artist Niels (Nails) Oeltjen to design and create the mural with the wider community through organised workshops.
The Welcome to Huntingdale project was funded by Council and the State Government. It was undertaken in partnership with Victoria Police, Metro Trains, Monash University and the Monash Young Person's Reference Group.
Mary Street Laneways, Clayton
The Mary Street laneways in Clayton were revamped in late 2015, creating a safer and more attractive environment for residents and visitors.
The State Government contributed $250,000 towards the upgrade, while Monash Council contributed $117,000.
Three interconnecting laneways between Clayton Road, Carnish Road and Mary Street were upgraded, with vibrant street art created on walls and pathways, and more lighting, trees and public seating installed. The area at the rear of the Carnish Road shops will become a community event space with the strategic tree plantings used to reduce reckless and hoon driving.
Ramps at the rear of Clayton Hall are also being upgraded as part of the project to allow easier access for people visiting the hall.
Thomas Street, Clayton
The street art project in Clayton was part of a larger project to beautify the laneway, which also included installing new lighting, trees and street furniture.
This project was created with Council and State Government funding.
Village Walk, Glen Waverley (removed)
A street art project on a wall in Village Walk, Glen Waverley, has been removed due to construction of a new building in this area requiring the removal of the wall.