For a front fence with a difference, venture down to 460 South Road Moorabbin to see a series of tile mosaics that brighten the day of passers-by.
The blue bean haired lady on South Road
Each panel uses different styles and techniques, with a range of themes. There are plenty of kids-themed mosaics including Mario Brothers, Pokemon, Pebbles, and Tweety-Bird. The materials included both square and irregular-shaped tiles, flat and raised tiles, and in one mosaic, even a coffee cup handle re-purposed as a smile.
Have you found this Pokemon on South Road?
My personal favourite was the lady with blue bean hair and a floral dress, framed within a frame, with an expression of either joy or alarm, depending on where you focus your gaze. The vase of flowers on the central brick panel forms the largest individual mosaic, with blooming floral china plates arranged in a bouquet, interspersed with individually created ceramic flowers bursting out towards you.
One of the sections of decorated wall
As a potential school holiday activity for kids with artistic flair, why not take your kids to have a look at the mosaics, to hopefully inspire them to create their own at home? All you need is a cardboard backing sheet (e.g. from a cardboard box), some coloured paper, a pair of scissors and some pva glue, then let them start cutting and sticking to see what they come up with.
South Road is a busy road and it can be a bit noisy, so you probably won't stay long here. If you like neighbourhood art and want to see more in the area, take a look at the various tile mosaics in between the Koornang Road shops in Carnegie, as well as the laneway art at Laz's Lane in Carnegie, only a few kilometres to the north. As a final note, this is the front fence to a private residence, so please don't disturb the occupants of the home when you visit.