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The Murals of Mooroolbark

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published October 1st 2020
It's an artistic experience
Are murals graffiti? No, graffiti is vandalism, while murals is art.

Murals & Graffiti
Murals & Graffiti

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.

Group of shops and murals.

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.

Advertising mural
In Touch Physiotherapy mural.

We work on yours.

At the rear and side of this group of shops are several more examples of street art.

At the back.

long mural
A long mural.

And at the side.

In Brice Avenue, the control box for the pedestrian lights is painted on all four sides with ten Australian birds.

traffic lights control box.
The control box in Brice Avenue.

Birds mural
Real art.

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'.

The side of shop 64.

Very colourful.

beast mural.
The graffiti deterrent.

In Winyard Street, a laneway next to shop number six has a large mural on its sidewall. It is very artistic looking, but its theme is not recognisable.

In Winyard Street.

At the other end of this strip of shops, the wall is adorned with a rather exotic looking mural - again, the theme only identified in the mind of the artist.

Also in Winyard Street.

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.

The rear of shops in Coles car park.

Wildflowers of early Mooroolbark is one mural partly hidden by a very large bush.

wildflowers mural
The wildflowers of early Mooroolbark mural.

Another panel titled 'Writings on the Wall' has quotes from local residents about their beloved Mooroolbark.

Writing on the Wall.
The writing is on the wall.

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.

Edna Walling
Edna with her 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.

cafe mural
Looking through a brick wall.

Mural art is a joy to observe and a walk around Mooroolbark will give you that enjoyment.
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I love street murals, Neil!
by Elaine (score: 3|7665) 23 days ago
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. :)
Regards, Yolande
by yolan (score: 0|8) 19 days ago
I also love mural art. I believe that Frankston has some too.
by carla (score: 1|10) 20 days ago
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