For years the residents of Graham St. and its surrounds, have voiced their concerns regarding the safety and ‘ugliness’ of the Graham St. underpass and now skatepark. The dark and dingy thoroughfare for light rail commuters and the recreational area for the young people of Port Melbourne has been an ongoing concern that has either been put in the ‘too hard’ basket or just ignored….UNTIL NOW! Port Phillip council recently hired 8 of Melbourne’s prolific graffiti artists and youth mentors to give the area under the Graham St bridge a colourful makeover. Launching TODAY (29th November 2014) from 2pm-5pm, the finished artworks have transformed the area from an antisocial, intimidating hovel to a welcoming, bright, colourful, fun and safe feeling space that the youth of the area can call ‘home’ when away from home.
I finished 2 complete pillars on my own and collaborated with the amazingly talented artist (and my treasured friend) D.ROQ -(formerly known as ISIS) on another 4.
Community feedback over the 2 weeks of painting was nothing but positive! People tend to forget how much we are affected by our environments…changes WILL affect moods and behaviour.
If you have a neglected area in your neighbourhood that you think could do with a colour blast, contact me or your local council and get them to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.