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Stationary Faces @ Patterson Station

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Published February 27th 2013
Anything but faceless
With a few exceptions, railway stations are normally pretty boring. They're somewhere you go to wait for a train to go somewhere else and aside from people watching and the odd busker, there is little in the way of entertainment. Patterson Station in Bentleigh on the Frankston line is an exception.

The original redhead

Local Artist Pamela Irving led this community art project and with help from sponsors including Arts Victoria, Department of Transport, Vic Track, Metro and Bostik and around 750 local and international community groups an amazing mosaic mural now graces the station underpass on Patterson Street. The mural won the "Community Action" Category in the 2012 Keep Australia Beautiful, Sustainable Cities Awards. Not only is it a visual feast, it apparently discourages graffiti as well.

Happy faces...

Colourful faces

There are hundreds of faces and at first they appear as a great blaze of colour and movement. As you get up closer each face communicates its own individual brand of charm.



Some of the faces will be familiar and apparently Barack Obama and Julia Gillard feature, although I didn't see them.

I enjoyed looking at all the different takes on a "face" and was totally in awe of the skills of the artists (many of whom were schoolchildren) in creating such a novel and vibrant piece of art on the street.

You can see more of the faces and hear the story of the mural's creation in this Youtube video:

Getting there:

By public transport - take a Frankston line train from the city and get off at Patterson Station. By car - the station is located on Patterson Road / North Avenue, Bentleigh and there is street parking around it.

Patterson Station
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Why? Admire a brilliant tapestry of mosaic faces
When: Anytime
Where: Patterson Station, Bentleigh
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Thos mosaics look great. I particularly like 'Happy Faces' and the clown.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12470) 2418 days ago
That looks awesome, more towns should do this sort of thing :)
by joton (score: 0|2) 1449 days ago
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