Monday, 4 November 2013


Altona is a western suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 13 km south-west of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Hobsons Bay. At the 2011 Census, Altona had a population of 9,918. Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard lived here during her term as Prime Minister. Altona takes its name from the then independent German city of Altona which is today a borough of Hamburg.
Altona is a large suburb consisting of low density residential in the south-eastern half, with mixed industry in the north-western half. A key feature is Altona Beach on Port Phillip, which is one of only two swimming beaches in the western suburbs (the other being Williamstown Beach).

The mural shown here is in a small passage off the main shopping strip of the shopping centre street. It was commissioned by the Altona Village Traders' Association Inc, and officially unveiled on September 19, 2006. The artist is Vladimir Bykovec ( who has many Melbourne murals under his belt. The success of this mural is the naturalistic portraits of many popular locals, well-known in the community. The mural is finished off with a high gloss finish, making photography rather challenging.

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


  1. Well, Nick, I gotta tell you that if this is the result of a challenge, you are a MASTER PHOTOGRAPHER!

    Thanks for sharing your blue.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  2. Hi Nick
    What a great Mural, I haven't seen it and neither can I see the problematical glossy shine on your photos, they look brill.
    A lovely post Altona will be thrilled.

  3. Calling by as a Blue Monday participant, what an interesting mural.

  4. Wonderful mural and great photography ~ carol

  5. There's something surreal about all these portraits dotting the landscape. The vibrant colors add to that feeling. Hope there's a key to the people someplace on the wall. Otherwise, in a generation people will wonder who is who. Bet the historical society will see to it. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

  6. That's great that he included people from the neighbourhood!

  7. Gee this is a really fabulous mural Nick. There are some talented people out there.

  8. Hi Nick, The murals are so well done and your photos did it justice in every way. Good job. I would love to see the mural in person.

  9. Amazing mural! So much detail and color.

  10. Wonderful colours and an interesting variety of action poses. A mural worth exploring for all the detail. Lovely photos.


Feel free to comment, I'd really like to hear from you!
Please do not use this comment box to advertise your goods and services!