Monday, May 23, 2022

Monday Mural

Sami in Perth links to a number of people who post mural photos on Mondays. Check out her latest at https://sami-colourfulworld.blogspot.com/

I came across this mural in a side street off Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. I see it as a poor and homeless drinker sitting on the pavement at the edge of a bright and wealthy city. Do you see something similar? 

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  1. I agree with you. Sadly it is something which is all too common in my widely regarded as wealthy city.

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    1. Few large cities in the western world would be immune EC.

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  2. Anonymous6:40 am

    I see it as an intergalactic traveler sitting in dismay at what he has seen.

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    1. From a galaxy far far away. He has cleverly taken on a human form.

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  3. It sad message.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  4. It's a reflection of our society I believe. Far too, and sadly, common, on our streets with the wealth of the cities behind them and around them. Getting caught up with you Andrew. I was jittery reading your Mother's Day post as I hate time deadlines on eating out, common in Ireland too but not here where you can sit for hours. Your funnies were funny :) And train travel pricing in the UK is beyond outrageous. I had a free rail pass as part of my job in Ireland so swanned around the UK and "the Continent" at my leisure.
    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, limited time dining only worries me when others with us don't comply. As it was, the table was not needed for a second sitting, although it could have been a staff shortage problem. A free pass is worth a lot of money in England.

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  5. That is what I see as well. Homelessness is such a problem, but the answers are not easy. So many times, things are tangled up with drug or alcohol abuse as well as mental illness. London broke my heart for this very reason.

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    1. Debby, yes they are often intertwined. Yes, London can be quite depressing in parts.

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  6. I see a depressed person. Not necessarily homeless but one who can't deal with the bright lights and noise.
    Homelessness is a terrible thing but I have a step-nephew who preferred living on the streets (yes drugs are involved). Covid saw him somewhat forcibly housed by some government department and while he is still there he is not happy.

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    1. Caro, I've wondered about whether those housed during lockdowns were still in some of the places at least.

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  7. I prefer the city-scape to the man.

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    1. Cro, enlarging the photo shows that the man is not great art, but overall I like the work.

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  8. Yes I see what you see and before I read your written words I thought what a dark looking mural - nice however.

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    1. Margaret, dark in spite of the brightly coloured city.

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  9. I see poor and homeless but not necessarily a drinker. That could be a can of Coke, or Pepsi. Probably not...

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    1. River, yes it could be. Drinking is less of a problem than you might think with homeless types.

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  10. I see it as a future portrait of a Melbournian transport fanatic sitting by the Yarra after being booted out of his former home by his exasperated partner "R".

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    1. YP, you are obsessed with seeing my kicked out of home. If that happened R would have to get a tech savvy younger replacement for me. Now why would he want that!

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  11. A man turning his back to the city

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    1. Perhaps Travel, like a dog not looking at something it doesn't like.

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  12. Definitely an homage to the urban homeless, I'd say.

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    1. I think so Steve. It is in the right area too.

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  13. Far too common here. On Friday, I saw for the first time, on Bloor West, a fairly affluent neighbourhood, a church that was handing out food packages, there was a line up. When we were walking back, a sorry soul in a wheelchair asked us where he could plug in so he could have power to get home. We didn't know and said so. Just then, a woman, making an assumption, snarkily said to him, "the church giving out food is across the street". I am still kicking myself for not responding to her rudeness.

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    1. She assumed he was hassling you for money. Too quick with her remark.

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  14. I like the city part, the man could be a homeless person, or maybe someone who has turned his back to city living. Thanks for participating in Monday Murals Andrew :)

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    1. Sami, turned his back on where there is nothing for him. He isn't part of the prosperity. Thank you.

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  15. I don't see him as a drinker but maybe depressed and turning his back on the materialism of city life.

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    1. Marie, that seems to be becoming a consensus of thought.

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  16. From the homeless I have seen in my city, this man is too well dressed to be homeless. Those shoes alone speak volumes. I agree he is turning his back on the city, but I am not privy to his thoughts, so I will leave it there. Great mural open to much interpretation, though.

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    1. B & E, I kind of agree with you. If you zoom in on his face, it doesn't show signs of a rough life. Yes, it has generated some thinking. Thanks.

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