Wall Art

By Lorenzo

Two Somerville Rd corner shops on opposite sides of Tuppen St have striking wall art. One has a very Oz bird scene.


It is strikingly executed–somewhat better done than a lot of the wall murals one sees.

I am no expert or bird-watcher but I am guessing it is a Willie Wagtail.  The trees are very Oz eucalyptus at sunset and the barbed wire fence the bird is sitting on is also very outback Oz. Though why the bird has a halo is a charming mystery.

Of course, it is possible it is a bushfire rather than a sunset.

Anyway, an extremely Oz scene, rather well done.

On the bottom left corner is a dedication:

For Jara, Happy Graduation VCA 2012.

VCA would be the Victorian College of the Arts.

On the corner shop on the opposite side of Tuppen St there is also a wall mural. This is not an Oz scene at all. On the contrary, it rather invokes Italy.

A Renaissance or later invocation of an antique battle scene.StoreBattle

It is signed but lacks a dedication.

So, there they are. Two striking wall murals facing each other across a side street but quite visible to passing traffic on a busy road. One invoking the Oz outback, one Classical European history in a Renaissance or possibly Baroque style.

The things you see …

This is also the Saturday chit-chat post.


  1. Posted April 13, 2013 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Street art in Ballarat gets stolen before it gets dusty, despite CCTV, and this is not the first time in this location. Courtyard sculptures were vandalised and the CCTV was not working at the time. Meanwhile the CEO is making 6-figures. sigh.

  2. kvd
    Posted April 14, 2013 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    Hilarious story about the perils of clubs – parts of which I can relate to a couple of clubs I belonged to as a young and foolish youth.

    People are funny cattle, best avoided in herds 🙂

  3. Adrien
    Posted April 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    For fans of of the bizarre things that totalitarian regimes do. A few days ago this photo was published of female North Korean soldiers patrolling th e Chinese border. The North Korean army is so poor they often wore cloth kung-fu shoes instead of boots. Things have changed for the highly impractical

    However it has nothing on the following bit of propaganda from the Kim kingdom.


  4. kvd
    Posted April 15, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    [email protected] that second link’s actually quite good. (It reminds me of those high school speed-reading sessions that were once all the rage.)

    Now if you could somehow combine that with Lorenzo’s Friedman lecture, I might learn something to my advantage 🙂

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