Public Art Projects
Council supports public art projects as one of its strategies to reduce illegal tagging and graffiti in Yarra's streets. These projects are effective in discouraging graffiti while at the same time supporting young local artists and contributing to the creative culture of Yarra.
Collingwood Hollywood mural
The Collingwood Hollywood mural is one of the major public artworks in Yarra. The artists at Everfresh Studio received funding through Council's 2009 Community Grants Program to design and created the work, which spans the rear of eight homes in Bendigo Street (facing Hoddle Street) Collingwood.
It had been a popular site for illegal tagging, until Everfresh, with support from Council, began work on the project. The colourful mural is a local interpretation of the iconic 'Hollywood' sign and features images of the people, places and history that make Collingwood unique. The mural was undertaken with the permission of property owners and residents.
Stewart Street mural
The Stewart Street mural was commissioned by Council, with additional funding from Crime Prevention Victoria, after another mural on the same site was painted over leaving the area susceptible to illegal tagging.
The mural, which is located near the entrance to Richmond Train Station, was designed and painted by artists Kim and Dale Nicol and combines sporting and urban imagery to reflect the surrounding environment. The work was undertaken with the permission of property owners VicTrack, and site managers, Connex.
At the completion of this mural, artist Kim Nicol was commissioned by Connex to create a series of murals around Richmond Train Station.
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Co-ordinator, Arts and Cultural Services