Monday, 11 February 2013

ALICE MURAL, NORTHCOTE

A graffiti hotspot in Northcote was transformed into a colourful mural filled with characters from Alice in Wonderland in March 2011. "Phatast", a Brisbane-based not-for-profit arts organisation and local artists spent several weeks spraying stencilled images on to the brick walls of the rather mundane and ultra-functional Telstra exchange building in High St, Northcote.

The work is part of a pilot project, which will see artists painting 5900 exchange sites throughout the country. Northcote street artist Gearty, aka Geoff Taylor, said he stumbled across the project when he was walking up High St and decided to join in. He said:  “I think it’s really good Telstra is doing things like this, but rather than just getting people to make art to cheer up their own buildings, maybe they could extend the project."

Unfortunately, since 2011 the mural has been spoilt by graffiti and tagging and some extraneous design elements have crept in (the anarchic image on the left side of image 7). Otherwise the mural is still bright and curious in its mixture of East and West imagery to illustrate the "Alice in Wonderland" story.

This post is part of the Monday Murals meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Mandarin Orange Monday meme.














12 comments:

  1. OLA!!SOMOS VIZINHOS NO SALLY,PARABÉNS PELAS IMAGENS,AQUI NO BRASIL CHAMAMOS DE GRAFITAGEM.BOA SEMANA.VALÉRIA.(BRASIL).

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  2. The mural is fabulous. Too bad about the grafitti, but it does add to urban feel of the location.

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  3. Interesting that the graffiti is on the portion with the phrase "it's how we connect", isn't it? Great color throughout the background, very cheerful!

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  4. What a shame that criminals deface beautiful art work.

    I love those blues; thanks for sharing.

    Happy Blue Monday!

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  5. I guess the trick is to not leave any empty spaces for tagging!

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  6. They say it's vandalism, I say it's art. Happy Blue Monday!

    My Blue Monday.

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  7. These murals are gorgeous and very well done.

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  8. People can call it graffiti or whatever they want ... it is art no matter how you look at it ... And, it is very good art. Great Pictures and great addition to MOM.


    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  9. This is straight up cool. The tagging is annoying but mercifully doesn't detract from the art. Love these updated images from Alice in Wonderland. The artists have a deft hand and a comical eye. The Mad Hatter is my favorite. Thanks, Nick, for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

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  10. Great shots of some interesting murals. The tagging next to the boy on the bike actually makes some sort of statement - i hope it doesn't get added to.... Thank you for taking part in Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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  11. Such a delightful and colourful addition to the street Nick. It is a shame it has been tagged by vandals but it still stands up very well.

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