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Connecting to Place, Connecting People

Panorama of mural, photo by Darrian Traynor

Recently the State Government contributed significant funding to not only redevelop the Bayswater Railway Station but to remove two hazardous and deeply unloved local level crossings. As part of the removal of the level crossing located on the corner of Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road, a community art mural was commissioned at this location.

The mural ‘Connecting to Place, Connecting People’ was created with the help of lead artists, James Beattie and Carmen Davies, representatives from the Boon Wurrung, Bunerong and Wurundjeri Tribes and students from Bayswater Secondary College. The theme for the mural was developed in consultation with the indigenous artists, lead artists and students in consultation with Knox Council and the State Government. Importantly, this consultation also included surrounding traders, whose support for and, input into, this project was a noteworthy feature. The result of all this collaboration and hard work is a community art mural that Bayswater and the Knox community can be proud of.

The opportunity to contribute towards the creation of the mural was an enticing as well as enriching experience for students of the ‘Art in Public Spaces’ subject at Bayswater Secondary College. These students had previously participated in Council’s ‘Wall to Wall’ mentoring program, which is designed to deter graffiti by engaging with young people.

By collaborating on this project, including working closely with the indigenous artists, these students received a valuable insight into indigenous artwork and the cultural importance attached to this.

‘Connecting to Place, Connecting People’ is a wonderful new addition to the landscape of Bayswater. It illustrates the incredible richness as well as beauty of indigenous culture.

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