Monday 29 July 2013


"Shell House" is the headquarters building for the Shell Company, designed by architect Harry Seidler  (25 June 1923 – 9 March 2006). It occupies a prominent corner site on the edge of the city, at Number 1, Spring St. The entry court is dominated by Seidler’s signature incorporation of a large-scale modern art work by Charles Perry, complementing his architecture.

Laid out in Seidler's signature 'S' shape, the building has two lobby floors, two mezzanine floors, 24 office levels and a 300 space below ground car park. It is located at the corner of Spring and Flinders Streets, overlooking parkland, the famous MCG and the Yarra River. It houses the Australian headquarters of Shell and also houses government and private tenants.

High up in the lobby, in one of the most inaccessible and most difficult to photograph positions is a porcelain Arthur Boyd mural: "Pulpit Rock, Bathers and Muzzled Dog", c. 1987. It is very difficult to find out more about this work, except that it was commissioned from the artist by Shell.

This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Monday Murals meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme.


  1. That sculpture outside Shell House is not the easiest to photograph effectively. I know. I've tried. You've done a great job. And totally agree that the mural is a super challenge to capture the whole effect. You've done a great job.

  2. i love how colorful the mural is

  3. Interresting text and cool pictures :)

  4. You sure did an excellent job! I like the sculpture and the building, but the mural . . . not so much. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Blue Monday, Nick.

  5. Wow! Great angle shots and what a fascinating place ~ thanks ^_^

  6. Beautiful captures. I find the murals very interesting like it!


  7. Beautiful building!
    Interesting art!
    Lea's Menagerie

  8. I like both pieces, it is so good to see art incorporated into buildings.

  9. Dramatic art and architecture

  10. I like both the architecture and the art

  11. The architecture is pretty cool. I'd like to know more about the mural as I think I'm missing something about it.

  12. At a distance I thought they were a roller derby team. So wrong! Muzzled dogs aside, these bathers look like they're evolving from sea dwellers to land dwellers. Unless, they're just frantic to get a away from yet another oil spill. haha. Certainly makes you look more than once to take it all in. Thanks for sharing and contributing to this week's Monday Mural.


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