Monday, May 16, 2022

Monday Mural

Linking up with Sami for Monday Mural.

Melbourne gay men of a certain age may remember St Kilda's Chaucer Street. It was the place to pick up a male prostitute. 

Off Chaucer street is Woolworths supermarket carpark where over lockdown when our movements were restricted and we did not want to use public transport, we would park but it was only recently I noticed this rather well done mural.

Birds of prey seem popular mural subjects but I don't think they are easy to paint well. The well known muralist Matt Adante is good at eagles and I think it may be his work.


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  1. It is a beauty. Thank you.

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  2. Incredible Amount Of Surface Area - Well Done Mr Matt - Enjoy The Week Brother Drew

    Cheers

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    1. Padre, whether his work or not, he is an excellent artist.

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  3. Many a Saturday morning was spent in that Woolies nursing a hangover (when shops closed at midday!). We would see a few well known faces who appeared to be suffering the same affliction. The mural is stunning.

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    1. Caro, Safeway there used to be such a good celebrity spotting supermarket, but I haven't seen any for ages. Wasn't it good when shops could stay open on Saturdays until 1pm!

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    2. Still had to cash a cheque with the inlaws if we'd spent all our money the night before!

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  4. Look at the talons and the hooked beak - definitely a bird of prey! Imagine that diving down on you….well maybe not.

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    1. Cathy, if I was a rabbit or even a cat, I would be very scared.

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  5. It looks a little as if he concentrated on the bird's head, then ran out of paint. I feel as if it needs finishing.

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    1. Cro, it looked a bit old, so maybe things have faded.

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  6. It certainly looks good what you can see of it, seems the trees will eventually cover it all.

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    1. Margaret, the trees may cover it. Murals are not to be forever.

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  7. Look like he look for a taste bite to eat.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, the claws could be coming for you.

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  8. It is nice, I like the background colours.

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    1. River, my bad. I never really noticed the background but I do now.

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  9. I like the colors and the bird, but I can't quite tell what that figure (I think?) on the left is. Interesting that a bird of prey would be overlooking an area known for prostitution. A comment about the predatory nature of the flesh trade?

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    1. Steve, maybe you are overthinking it. I think Chaucer Street as a rent boy street ended many many years ago.

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    1. TP, say that to your favourite female friend.

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  11. Anonymous9:06 pm

    Is it a mural of Bunjil the creator eagle from the Aboriginal Kubin nations in Victoria? It maybe an Aboriginal man in the mural too?

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    1. I agree the face does look Aboriginal. The bird is not what I think of as Bunjil, but it may well be.

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  12. We had a similar spot here in Sydney, known locally as "The Wall", as it was near the sandstone wall near St Vincent's Hospital. don't think it's been a location for street prostitution since the early 2000s.

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    1. James, we used to stay nearby sometimes in the 90s into the 00s or at The Cross a couple of times and of course walked to Oxford Street along the wall. No offers though.

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  13. Shame that talentless taggers have struck at the bottom of the mural. I hate to see that stuff. It would be good if the giant eagle could fly out of the mural and grab the weedy perpetrators.

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    1. YP, that is a very nice idea. I think the mural might have been there quite some time.

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  14. All art is basically a reflection of the artist's mind which may differ from that of the viewers', hence interpretations are unique and comparisons not necessary!

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    1. Quite true ME. As is often the case with the murals I feature, different people see different things.

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    1. Jackie, it is a mystery as how I had never noticed it.

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  16. The head is very well done. Sometimes I wish I could draw or paint but then the feeling goes away :)

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    1. Jenny, exactly the same for me.

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  17. It's not bad but still looks like something swooping down in a terror movie of some kind. I suppose that's exactly what an eagle would seem to its next meal subject.

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    1. Strayer, for the eagle's prey it is a horror movie as they are carried away gripped by talons later to be ripped apart alive.

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