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Published December 18th 2018
Looking for street art? Try these new suggestions
A hidden treasure trove of street art is often on display in places that you wouldn't necessarily think to look. Forget the laneways of Perth City, or the urban walks around Subiaco, Mt Lawley or Fremantle- everyone's been there and taken the photo- the next big thing in street art is shopping centres!
If you're looking for some interesting backdrops for a colourful Insta photo, or just want to appreciate local artists, shopping centres are a great place to go for something that's off the beaten path- and they've probably got some great lunch options nearby too!
Artist Hans Bruechele at Work on the Maddington Central Mural
Shopping centres have a lot of external walls that are perfect for a street artist to adorn with their art. A local Perth favourite is Mel McVee, whose community 'paint by numbers' murals are popular as local shoppers can get involved in painting the art too.
Mel McVee has murals at Carousel, Belmont, Cockburn Gateway and Kalamunda Central. Perth presenter Hans Bruechele has a mural at Maddington Central. Rockingham Centre has a piece by Andrew Fraser as well as a selection of pylons in the underground carpark painted by local youth, and Baldivis has two murals from Beastman (Brad Eastman) and Kyle Hughes-Odgers.
Shopping centres like to choose artists whose work represents and reflects the suburb's culture, for example Chris Nixon, another Perth based artist, was commissioned to install an 80m long mural at Midland Gate Shopping Centre. Chris looked to local flora and fauna, Midland icons and the natural environment to bring the wall to life.
Hans Bruechele's mural at Maddington Central is a 53m long 'Where's Wally- esque' picture search, filled with suggestions from Maddington locals like a giant letter M and a nod towards crowd favourite, chis and gravy.
TOP 15 CENTRES TO VISIT
Belmont Forum: Melski McVee and others Claremont Quarter: Amok Island, Beastman, Chris Nixon, Anya Brock and others
Cockburn Gateway: Melski McVee Currumbine Centre: Paul Deej with Ocean Reef High Kalamunda Central: Melski McVee
Lakeside Joondalup: Anita Nasir
Maddington Central: Hans Bruechele
Midland Gate: Chris Nixon, Beastman and others
Noranda Shopping Centre: Leanne Bray
Phoenix Shopping Centre: Leanne Bray
Rockingham Centre: Andrew Fraser, Graphite Crew with local students
Stockland Baldivis: Beastman, Kyle Hughes- Odgers, Paul Deej with students from 3 x local colleges
Warwick Grove: Paul Deej with Warwick High Students
Westfield Carousel: Melski McVee and others
Westfield Whitford City: Paul Deej and local children