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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.
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.
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:
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.