A vibrant mural inspired by local icons continues to keep Brighton looking attractive, more than five years after it was created.
The mural, which is located in the laneway that connects Church and Wells streets and sits between retailers Kookai and Autumn Gallery Jewellery, was created in mid-2009 and is about to mark six years in the area.
Melbourne artists Tom Gerrard and Andrew Bourke were commissioned by Bayside Council to paint the artwork on the wall that runs down the laneway.
The laneway refurbishment project, which included installation of a new feature pavement and garden beds, was designed by landscape architects in council’s Urban Improvement group.
A council planning document said the mural was painted to “add interest and colour down the length of the laneway wall” and was designed to create “a more pedestrian-friendly space”.
Bayside landscape architect Michael Jensma said the design was intended to improve the feel of the laneway to increase amenity and a sense of safety.
“The laneway design improves the connection between Church St and the car park and provides a sense of entrance to the street,” he said.
The mural features icons of the Bayside area, including the famous Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes, Port Phillip Bay, and elements of nature such as a bird and leafy trees typically seen in the neighbourhood.
“The brief for the artists was to depict elements that reflect the character and environs of the Bayside area, such as the sea, bathing boxes and city skyline,” the council document states.
Artist Gerrard has been a prominent member of the Melbourne street art scene since the 1990s.
He is recognised in the art community, both at home and abroad, for his distinctive style and use of colour.
Artist Bourke has worked with aerosols and a range of surfaces to create art for more than a decade.
“Graffiti is an art form that knows no boundaries; the possibilities are only limited by one’s imagination,” Bourke said.