A graffiti hotspot in Northcote was transformed into a colourful mural filled with characters from Alice in Wonderland in March 2011. "Phatast", a Brisbane-based not-for-profit arts organisation and local artists spent several weeks spraying stencilled images on to the brick walls of the rather mundane and ultra-functional Telstra exchange building in High St, Northcote.
The work is part of a pilot project, which will see artists painting 5900 exchange sites throughout the country. Northcote street artist Gearty, aka Geoff Taylor, said he stumbled across the project when he was walking up High St and decided to join in. He said: “I think it’s really good Telstra is doing things like this, but rather than just getting people to make art to cheer up their own buildings, maybe they could extend the project."
Unfortunately, since 2011 the mural has been spoilt by graffiti and tagging and some extraneous design elements have crept in (the anarchic image on the left side of image 7). Otherwise the mural is still bright and curious in its mixture of East and West imagery to illustrate the "Alice in Wonderland" story.
This post is part of the Monday Murals meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Mandarin Orange Monday meme.