Today Grocon employs a fluctuating workforce of 300 to 1200. Grollo proposed building the tallest building in the world, the Grollo Tower, but construction never commenced. In 2006 he was listed in Forbes top 40 richest people in Australia and New Zealand.
The Grollo Family lives in Thornbury, a few blocks away from us. They have built themselves a wonderful house, which is the home of their extended family. I was particularly interested in the murals which adorn the façade of the house on Gillies St in Thornbury. Around the front door is a beautiful mural entitled "La Storia Dalle Radici ad Oggi" (The [Family] History from its Roots to Today"). It is by artist Paola de Manincor who painted it in 1996. Sadly she passed away in 2011, but many of her murals around the world still make many people happy.
The mural is rich in colour and incident, with an almost naive style. The Grollo Family history from its humble, peasant roots in Italy is told, through the migration to Australia, culminating with its construction industry success in Melbourne at the present time. An allegorical figure, a personification of "Abbondanza" (abundance, wealth, affluence) carrying a bowl of fruit completes the family's history.
Further along the façade is another mural, this one quite whimsical and relying on a a little trompe-l'oeil effect, continuing the pattern of the huge arched windows of the building, but looking out on an American Western scene, complete with John Wayne! This is the work of another artist, but I could not discern a signature.
This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Monday Murals meme.
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