I like to think of this sort of decoration of street utility objects as beginning in New Zealand and slowly starting to spread here. What I like to think is probably wrong, but there is a lot of this type of work in NZ. I had to go to the lighting shop in St Kilda Road, St Kilda and then I needed to go to Prahran, so I walked along Pakington Street to catch the Chapel Street tram. Very mixy street. A friend who died bought a house in the street at the same time as we bought in Balaclava. He renovated it beautifully and I suppose it would be worth over $1 million now. It looks like the Porter's Lime Wash on the exterior is holding up well. It has a high brick front fence, so no photo.
Later addition: Time Spanner just yesterday posted a prime example of some New Zealand works. Take a look.
Naturally enough, I just missed a tram, so I was gazing around and noticed this. Back in 1979, cough splutter, I remember it being a milk bar. The building has housed many businesses since, and it is now a cafe. Certainly brightens up the corner in a very Fitzroy kind of way. Perhaps a bit too bright for mine.