Up the Wall Mural Project
Up The Wall - Christison Park, Vaucluse
In May 2019 we sought submissions from artists to paint a sophisticated and site specific mural on the external surfaces of the water tank and pump room at Christison Park, Vaucluse. The tank is highly visible to park users, residents and visitors and the artwork was required to address themes including local flora and fauna, cultural heritage and the harbour/headland location.
Artist Andre Braun was selected to paint his eye-catching 44sqm work called Celebration of Life.
Andre says he hopes his work will "encourage you to discover the hidden treasure from our ocean, with whales breaching, jumping and slapping their tails."
"From the spectacular cliffs, the edge of the park is one of the most accessible viewpoints on land to observe whale migration in Sydney," Andre adds.
"As you move around the artwork, a panorama opens up and as you explore the top of the structure, a full whale is visible, overlooking the city. It engages with visitors and extends an invitation to explore the beautiful natural environment and celebrate life”
Robertson Park Mural
Artist Ignacia Querejeta was selected to paint his mural In the Park at Robertson Park, Watsons Bay. The mural is part of the Up the Wall Project which has been an initiative that is advised on by the Cultural Committee.
In the Park best responded to the mural brief and is an abstracted combination of Australian birds, foliage and Eucalyptus blossoms. The artist states that ‘the play of black and white with the green mimics the dappled light coming through the leaves, for a moment capturing our attention, distracting us from our daily routine and inviting us to be mindful of all the tiny details of nature which are so omnipresent in our Australian lives.
South Street Mural
In a partnership with Sydney Trains, the South Street mural is painted along the rail wall by Rose Bay artist Gabrielle Somers. Gabrielle’s mural Networks is a Geodesic dome design, representing networks and connections.
Of the work Gabrielle says:
The geodesic design is a highly mathematical and visual metaphor for networks and connections, be it social networks, physical networks or digital and cyber networks. South Street is a network hub; with people, their devices and transport co-existing and connecting. The artwork combines geometric and organic imagery and is fashioned to resemble a nest adding an inclusive and generous feel to the mural. The dome exists beyond the painted surface and is completed by the mind and its imagination. Furthermore, the colour design compliments and enlivens the streetscape and foliage nearby.
Young Street Mural
In a partnership with the building owner, the mural painted by artist Nastia Gladushchenko is located on the corner of Young and Oxford Street Paddington. Nastia’s mural Interwoven is comprised of the shapes of interwoven arms painted either in solid shapes or outlines in various shades of white that create an ombre effect on the Heritage green wall. Inspired by a series of photographs that Nastia took earlier this year, Interwoven blurs the boundaries between the human body and the natural environment. Nastia says:
We are interwoven by the people we know, stories, events and simply the spaces we share. Paddington is a close knit community and to celebrate this, these arms connect with one another to form one unifed shape. Appearing to grow from the footpath, the shapes could be mistaken for the shadows of a tree and this illusion.