Monday, 16 April 2012

ARTISTS' SUPPLIES, CITY

This Artists' Supplies shop in Little La Trobe St in the City has an interesting façade, which is in keeping with its merchandise. I love shopping here and the shop has an immense range of supplies on the ground and first floor. Even when I don;t buy things there, I love to browse and talk to the staff about paints, paper, canvas, pencils, etc.

The detail of the mural shows several renderings of Ned Kelly, the famous bushranger of the 19th century. Edward "Ned" Kelly (June 1854/June 1855 – 11 November 1880) was an Irish Australian bushranger. He is considered by some to be merely a cold-blooded cop killer — others, however, consider him to be a folk hero and symbol of Irish Australian resistance against the Anglo-Australian ruling class. Kelly was born in Victoria to an Irish convict father, and as a young man he clashed with the Victoria Police. Following an incident at his home in 1878, police parties searched for him in the bush. After he killed three policemen, the colony proclaimed Kelly and his gang wanted outlaws. A final violent confrontation with police took place at Glenrowan on 28 June 1880. Kelly, dressed in home-made plate metal armour and helmet (see him in his full armour at the extreme right? It's the man wiht a bucket on his head :-), was captured and sent to jail. He was convicted of three counts of capital murder and hanged at Old Melbourne Gaol in November 1880. His daring and notoriety made him an iconic figure in Australian history, folklore, literature, art and film.

This post is part of the Monday Murals meme.




15 comments:

  1. It definitely looks like a place where artists would feel at home! Nice, bright murals!

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  2. Obviously, I too love art stores, I am a paper nut. Love this mural, but truly love the history. Hard to fathom hanging people isn't it. Ned Kelley must be a fun figure in your history to read about.

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  3. I was just in Melbourne for the weekend and enjoyed the fantastic weather. Visited the old Melbourne Gaol where Kelly was hanged - terrific tourist attraction.

    Also patrolled some of your famous laneways and found them really interesting and alive.

    As an aside, is Melbourne a photographers' paradise or what? The number of people I saw out with cameras was astounding. Many with dslrs, tripods - the works! So much to photograph!

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  4. Colorful store and such colorful murals -- not to mention the colorful history!! What a fun, interesting post for the day, Nick! Hope you have a great start to your week! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  5. Quite an interesting fella! There is a lot of detail in this mural...lots to see!

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  6. Very interesting read about the mural. Its very colorful and the clarity of the details is great!

    Monday Mural - Zorba the Greek

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  7. You need a lot of money to buy all the stuff to be an artist.

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  8. I would like to buy some art supplies here, Cool shots.

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  9. Such a wonderful mural and an interesting story. I am also interested in the yellow traffic sign of legs. Does it mean "for pedestrians"?

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    1. Yes, Annie. It's a sign that tells motorists there is a zebra pedestrian crossing ahead.

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  10. What a superb fine particularly for Mural Monday.

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  11. Great shot. I can see the letters HB...hmmm!
    Have a nice evening!

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  12. There are some great images in that mural! Nice one Nick.

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  13. Love it Nick, as you say, so appropriate for the arty things it sells, I would be in there like a shot!!

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  14. Very cool and fitting too.

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