Monday, April 02, 2018

Monday Mural

I did not like this mural initially. It is nothing wonderful. I don't like the footballer image at all.


However I do like that the artist captured something. The figure is a Richmond team Australian Rules football player. The team is nicknamed The Tigers, no doubt because of the yellow stripe on black. Richmond supporters are very passionate. Pity the kicked ball is shown as round when it is actually oval.

The inner eastern suburb was predominantly Catholic working class, with the wealthier people living up on Richmond Hill. At ground level of the mural you can see the factories, including a nice sawtooth roofed building, where the workers would have laboured. Much of the housing was of slum standard and cheek by jowl and this has also being captured. The building to the far right may look like a mosque, but is of the clock tower former cheap department store Dimmeys. This photo is from Tripadvisor. 


From our balcony we can see St Ignatius church atop Richmond Hill. It is a pity it was not included in the mural and nor was the Yarra River which is the southern border of Richmond. The river waters were once extremely polluted by Richmond industry run off, originally being the tanning of hides, soap making and abattoirs. 


I think the concept of the mural illustrating Richmond was good, but not the execution. One mural photo left for next Monday. It is bit of a mystery and I must sleuth. 

28 comments:

  1. I am really enjoying your mural series, and impressed at the work you put into them. Thank you.

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    1. Not too much work EC. My knowledge of Richmond is quite good.

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  2. Looked up the artist, Nick Howson, and I do like his style. The mural seems to be lacking some of his finesse, after seeing his others works.

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    1. Jayne, I should have looked it up myself. I agree with your opinion.

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  3. lovely mural. I amgoing to post my mural tomorrow.

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    1. And what fun yours was, Gosia.

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  4. Interesting but somewhat a bland mural. The church looks good as does the view, like to see a tree or three.

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    1. Margaret, lots of trees in the gardens in between and lots of trees in further expensive suburbs but not many trees in Richomond.

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  5. The mural looks as if it was painted by children. But a good effort that makes the area look better and brighter.

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    1. Sami, that is what I thought at the time. Yes, better than a blank wall.

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  6. I don't like the mural but we are bonbarded with football all winter up here and I'm not looking forward to it.
    Merle..............

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    1. Merle, as we are bombarded here by our own different version.

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  7. The story goes that when a new recruit turned up to any working class football club (eg Richmond, Collingwood, Footscray), the coach would ask the lad's religion and the country of origin of his parents. If he was Catholic and Irish, he was invited to stay. If he was Protestant and English, the coach would ring a more middle class club (eg Melbourne, Hawthorn, StKilda) and say "I have a live one for you; you owe me!"

    The exact same process would happen if a lad turned up to a more middle class football club, except in reverse.

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    1. Hels, I will wear that, except my paternal Protestant great grandfather played for Richmond. Young people would not have a clue about how divided our country was by the Catholic and Protestant divide. Great comment.

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  8. The mindset of Nick Howson, Was definitely on Association Foot ball, Soccer(Aus). Hence the Real ball (Round)

    I would like to see all ball games played with Square balls with just the Corners rounded off which would need a different skill and would be more amusing than watching twenty men chasing a ball to and forth for hours never ending.
    BTW what is the message in the mural ? not a lot different from graffiti covering a slum wall.

    You have great skills when it comes to depicting various worthwhile scenarios around an otherwise unadorned city. I appreciate your efforts Andrew.

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    1. Vest, yes, I have learnt that he was English born, so his focus would have been on soccer. But why was he wearing a Tigers footy jumper? There is no message. The mural just represents Richmond town, or Struggle Town as it was once known. Thanks for you kind final comment.

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  9. It would appear the street artist got his codes mixed up...and really isn't an AFL follower. :)

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    1. Lee, I am bit peed orf to learn that. I just assumed........

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  10. I agree with you about the image itself; 'must try harder'.

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    1. Cro, I suppose if you can't do it well, do it naive style.

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  11. I wasn't sure what to make of the image at first but your explanation is satisfactory. It's an okay image, but looks like it could use a bit more detail, looks a bit "unfinished".

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    1. River, I think most people would not mind seeing it painted over by something better, but with the same Richmond theme.

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  12. Can't recall what used to be on that wall before the mural came up but I remember thinking at the time that it was an improvement. I'm surprised it has lasted this long and hasn't been covered in graffiti and posters.

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    1. Ad Rad, yeah. Do I recall that it is a a car park for Richmond Station staff? Plenty of cctv.

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  13. It's cool to see what people can come up with creatively in their heads and actually paint or draw on such big canvases. Was it done in the dark of night? How long did it take? I'm always wondering about the behind the scenes stuff. I like that this series that you're doing very much! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO, indeed it is and well beyond me. I think it would be a legal work, but perhaps not a commissioned piece. That is, permission sought and approved but no payment to the artist.

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  14. The mural itself is not attractive. The footballer's legs look strange to me, head square, arms undefined and long. But the way you described the history behind the area made me look closer.

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    1. Strayer, perhaps he has just broken a leg. The figure does make more sense now I know it is a soccer player, as they have quite lean builds.

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