Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The big reveal

I'm happy to say I can finally talk about the work I've done for Crisalida - the multidisciplinary therapy clinic on the corner of High and Raleigh Streets in Thornbury as it's on the front page of this week's Northcote Leader!  It's a new wall mural titled 'The Wanderers' by street artist Tom Civil and was partially funded by Darebin Council's innovative new Street Art subsidy program.  Crisalida means 'cocoon' in Spanish and the team there selected Tom as much of his art is nature-based.  He's previously painted butterflies on a similar wall in Carlton.
Image via tomcivil.com
Painted in aerosol, the mural features the Australian Wanderer (or Monarch) butterfly amongst native trees, and celebrates the shared themes of new life, development, growth and transformation at Crisalida.  It also picks up on the colours of the crepe myrtle tree, at the front of the building, as well as features the signature stick people for which Civil is renowned.
Image via tomcivil.com
You can see more of Tom's work at his solo exhibition 'Stick Folk' at Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey Street, Collingwood opening Friday 2 May and running until Sunday 11 May.  The gallery is open Thursday - Friday from 3 - 6 pm and Saturday - Sunday from 12 - 6 pm.
Civil is also a friend of the Juddy Roller Studios and cafe based in Fitzroy and if you're into street art, then you should also catch the last days of the Urban & Iconic exhibition at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre which closes on 27 April.  Curated by Juddy Roller Studios, this exhibition showcases street art styles from local and internationally renowned artists currently practising in Melbourne.

2 comments:

  1. The kids and I drove past that mural just the other day and thought it looked great! Love a bit of street art

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  2. Thanks so much Emma - took a bit of work behind the scenes to make it happen. Tom's mural looks even more spectacular close up - really beautiful. Will have to catch up with you and find out more about The School as your craft classes there looked amazing!

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