Melbourne: Federation Square “Street Art – Lest We Forget…” Photo Story No. 10 – Photographed by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

During this series of ‘Melbourne Street Art Story Weblogs’  I will endeavour to share my personal discovery of Melbourne’s Street Art.  Whilst there is much available to view in the way of images on the web, I hope I can offer a point of difference.  I will be inviting you to productively contribute your opinions and knowledge, in a way that is respectful to the Street Artists featured; and in a way that will add value to this conversation. Please click here to view my weblog page which features my “introductory story” and view other featured Melbourne Street Art works photographed by me, as I discover them…

 

ABOUT STREET ART PHOTO STORY No. 10 – “5000 Poppies Project

Photo No. 5 of 12 - Anzac Day March at Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia featuring Australia’s first own car – its hood here blanketed with a sheath of poppies photo taken by Karen Robinson 25.4.2015.JPG

Photo No. 5 of 12 – Anzac Day March at Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia featuring Australia’s first own car – its hood here blanketed with a sheath of poppies photo taken by Karen Robinson 25.4.2015.JPG

 

My husband and I took the opportunity to travel into Melbourne City Centre – Federation Square on Anzac Day to view the amazing 5000 Poppies Project.  We were so touched by this extraordinary community street art display of thousands of poppies that had been hand crafted by so many volunteers.

Over the last two years, an Australian wide group of volunteers as well as some volunteers from other countries, knitted and crocheted for the “5000 Poppies Project“.  Their target goal was 5,000 poppies but to their surprise they were able to achieve more than 250,000 poppies in all.  These poppies were then assembled and displayed at Federation Square, Melbourne Australia in commemoration of Australia’s 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.  These small gifts of time and energy in the way of a crafted poppy – were a community representation of ‘respect and remembrance to honour Australia’s servicemen and women who have fought in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations (Fed Square 2015).

 

 

SLIDE SHOW OF PHOTOS TAKEN – 5000 POPPIES ANZAC CENTENARY PROJECT

 

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MY FAVOURITE POPPY DISPLAY – The Holden FX featuring a Poppy Display on its Car Hood!

At the commencement of the Anzac Parade, I spotted a fleet of General Motors Holden FX 48-215 motor vehicles which were being featured in this ANZAC Centenary Parade Melbourne.  The Holden FX was Australia’s first own car, and became a definitive model for millions of cars – Australian production with American styling!  The Holden also met the design needs of the Australian suburban driver by taking into account the Australian environment, thus they were a robust and economical family sedan. The first Holden was delivered off the Fishermen’s Bend assembly line on the 29th November 1948.  It became a car that represented dreams of prosperity, of freedom, of independence after wartime conformity (National Museum Australia 2015).  I remember my own family owning a Holden, so it is no wonder that I loved photographing this historical Australian motor vehicle…

 


MY COMMENTS

An incredible community street art project and event, created by the generosity of so many volunteers – makes me proud to be an Australian. If you would like to know more about their project please click here!

 

Photo No.23 of 52 – 5000 Poppies Project at Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia photo taken by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist 25.4.2015 NB All images are protected by copyright.JPG

Photo No.23 of 52 – 5000 Poppies Project at Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia photo taken by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist 25.4.2015 NB All images are protected by copyright.JPG

 

CONCLUSION

I hope you enjoyed viewing this Weblog on some of the ‘Street Art’ featured in Melbourne’s Federation Square – Australia.  Please feel free to leave comments that are respectful to the Street Artists and add value to the conversation…Karen Robinson

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Melbourne: City Centre “Street Art” Photo Story No. 9 – Photographed by Karen Robinson

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MIRKA MORA'S FLINDERS ST STATION MURAL – Melbourne Australia Photographed by Karen Robinson 18th April 2015 NB All images are subject to copyright laws.JPG

MIRKA MORA’S FLINDERS ST STATION MURAL Created in 1986. The central panel is a mosaic, with the decorative upper frieze being painted and the lower border being painted with low-relief outlines – Melbourne Australia Photographed by Karen Robinson 18th April 2015 – featuring me in this photo NB All images are subject to copyright laws.JPG

 

INTRODUCTION

During this series of ‘Melbourne Street Art Story Weblogs’  I will endeavour to share my personal discovery of Melbourne’s Street Art.  Whilst there is much available to view in the way of images on the web, I hope I can offer a point of difference.  I will be inviting you to productively contribute your opinions and knowledge, in a way that is respectful to the Street Artists featured; and in a way that will add value to this conversation. Please click here to view my weblog page which features my “introductory story” and view other featured Melbourne Street Art works photographed by me, as I discover them…

 

ABOUT STREET ART PHOTO STORY No. 9 – MIRKA MORA

Mirka Mora was born in 1928 – a prominent French-born Australian visual artist who has contributed notably to the development of Contemporary Art in Australia.  She is a noted colourist and symbolist with works that include painting, sculpture and mosaics.

 

MIRKA MORA’S YOUTUBE – At Heide Museum of Modern Art

To view a beautiful interview with Mirka Mora please click the following link:  Mirka Mora ABC Interview in her Art Studio – Richmond

 

Mirka Mora’s Flinders Street Station Mural is a Melbourne icon and was created in 1986 and is situated on the inside wall at the Yarra river end of Flinders Street Railway Station, next to Clocks Restaurant.  The mural is made up of three different heights that form a total surface of about thirty-six square meters being – (1) a painted decorative upper frieze, (2) with the middle panel being mosaic work, and (3) the lower border being painted with low-relief outlines. This  wonderful mural features images of animals, humans, strangers and angels in a garden which is full of bright colours.   In order to be able to achieve such a massive mosaic mural, Mirka Mora enlisted the assistance of Nicola McGann (Culture Victoria. 2012).

The Flinders Street Railway Station Mural was a commission work that Mirka Mora had successfully won in a competition with six other Melbourne artists (Academia Ed. 2015).  In Village Well July 2006 ‘Places for Community Wellbeing’ it talks about how a community can build public spaces in order to promote health and wellbeing.  It discusses how place making can assist in enhancing social connection and inclusion.  In 2006 VicHealth commissioned the development of a scoping paper focusing on existing arts practice designed to develop railway stations as community hubs.  By introducing works such as Mirka Mora’s Flinders Street Station Mural, it is hoped that it will help make railways stations ‘become places that are inclusive, safe, facilitate social inclusion and cohesion and contribute to the development of strong communities’ (Train Station Community Wellbeing PDF by Village Well – July 2006).  Mirka Mora’s Mural is a playful, joyful and captivating work of art that offer great interest within Flinders Street Railway station and ensures that daily commuters can enjoy this wonderful artist work, each and every day – art for therapy at its best I feel…

 

LOOKING AT THE MIRKA MORA’S MURAL SURROUNDINGS – Flinders Street Railway Station – Melbourne Australia

 

 

FIRST TIER – PAINTED DECORATIVE UPPER FRIEZE OF THE MIRKA MORA MURAL

 

 

SECOND TIER – CENTRAL MOSAIC PANEL OF THE MIRKA MORA MURAL 

  • Mirka Mora images of animals, humans, strangers and angels in a garden which is full of bright colours that bring a sense of joy to Flinders Street Railway Station…
MIRKA MORA'S FLINDERS ST STATION MURAL – with bike Melbourne Australia Photographed by Karen Robinson 18th April 2015 NB All images are subject to copyright laws

MIRKA MORA’S FLINDERS ST STATION MURAL – with bike Melbourne Australia Photographed by Karen Robinson 18th April 2015 NB All images are subject to copyright laws

 

 

  • Mirka Mora mosaic work close up!

 

 

 

THIRD TIER – PAINTED LOW-RELIEF OUTLINES ON LOWER BORDER OF THE MIRKA MORA MURAL

 

 

STREET ARTIST – MIRKA MORA SLIDE-SHOW

  • No. 9 Photo Gallery – Melbourne: City Centre “Street Art by MIRKA MORA ” photographed by Karen Robinson April 2015 – Flinders Street Railway Station

 

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MY COMMENTS

This particular street art work of MIRKA MORA’S Flinders Street Railway Station Mural is just amazing!  Literally thousands and thousands of tiny mosaics worked onto a massive area. Wonderful bright and vibrant colours help form so many little picture stories throughout the whole mural.  I couldn’t help but touch the work itself!  I very much enjoyed viewing Mirka Mora’s work and to think we can just walk out of the railway station and be welcomed by such a delightful art engagement … helps wash away the day’s stresses …

 

No. 6 of 70 images of MIRKA MORA'S FLINDERS ST STATION MURAL – Melbourne Australia Photographed by Karen Robinson 18th April 2015 - Karen looking at Mirka Mora's amazing mosaic art work

No. 6 of 70 images of MIRKA MORA’S FLINDERS ST STATION MURAL – Melbourne Australia Photographed by Karen Robinson 18th April 2015 – Karen looking at Mirka Mora’s amazing mosaic art work

 

CONCLUSION

I hope you enjoyed viewing this Weblog on some of the Street Art featured in Melbourne’s City Centre – Australia.  Please feel free to leave comments that are respectful to the Street Artists and add value to the conversation…Karen Robinson

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

Art Therapy Humour – “When you just gotta get it out – on a wall!”

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Over the last five years, I have been using art for therapy, so my story comes from the practice of art for therapy as an individual visual artist/story-teller/photo-taker and also as a participant within art therapy groups; and not from a professional art therapist stance. But in saying this, I feel I have been learning from personal experience the practices and benefits of said, in a way that has given me an insightful understanding of its incredible ability to improve ones sense of wellbeing.

When it came to deciding to blog about my art for therapy journey – I firstly struggled to make the final decision, to blog about this most vulnerable part of my life, with honesty and an openness that would bare my soul to the ‘world-wide web’; to be fearless. The outcome has been just amazing from many different perspectives. It has been, and continues to be, one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. I approach each blog with a great sense of being real and true to myself, in the hope that by sharing, will inspire others to take up art for therapy, in order to improve their sense of wellbeing – it has improved mine.

The cartoon above – I thought was very cleaver, and just so relevant to today’s 21st Century ‘world-wide web’ we use to communicate with each other. These wonderful cavemen caricatures, created by the cartoonist, helps to demonstrate just how far we have come, yet not really – we still seek to write/draw/communication on a ‘wall’!

I wish you all, the very best in your artful quests/endeavours … sincerely Karen

 

Ref:  Cartoon – https://libraryladiesrock.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/cartoon_great_hunt.png

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