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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 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
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 …
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
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