Around the suburbs, many brick walls on the sides and backs of buildings are adorned with very artistic murals. In Mooroolbark, there are five sites which can be described as street art. The most numerous are around a group of shops in Manchester Road, which is on the north side of the railway lines.
Nearest the railway lines is In Touch Physiotherapy, whose sidewall has a mural as an advertisement for their business. This is a professionally painted mural from one of the several mural painting businesses in Melbourne.
The wall on the side of shop 64 in Manchester Road has a huge mural, the centrepiece being a very angry looking beast, certainly frightening off any graffiti vandals looking for a palette for their 'art'.
At the eastern end of the Coles car park in Brice Avenue, the rear walls of a strip of shops have several murals along its entire length. Some of the murals are hidden by grown bushes and sadly, many have had been subjected to the vandalism of graffiti taggers.
Well known for her garden designs Edna Walling established Bickleigh Vale housing estate in Mooroolbark in the 1920s. She was an accomplished photographer and one mural shows three images of her holding a Rollei camera.
The most interesting mural is at one end behind the Moo Bar restaurant. The painting depicts the interior of the Moo Bar as if looking through the brick wall. Having eaten there many times, it is a true interpretation of it.
Hi Neil, you might also be interested to know that the Mooroolbark Traders & Community Group, in partnership with the Yarra Art Rangers Network, are coordinating a Mooroolbark Street Art Project. It'll include large and small works to form a trail. The birdlife on the signal box is one of the first to be carried out. Have you seen the sugar gliders in Hookey Park?
Feel free to get in touch to find out more. :)