The City of Perth recently commissioned local artist Mel McVee to create a mural on a large wall behind The Game Sports Bar, facing onto Errichetti Place in Northbridge.
The City’s Waste and Cleansing unit initiated the project after noticing the wall and bins lining the street were being repeatedly hit by graffiti. The City called for expressions of interest from artists to create a work that would help prevent graffiti and explore the themes of waste management, environment and sustainability.
Mel McVee has a cartographic background of creating maps for the environment industry. Her concept for this work is centred on the idea of a layered history of social, architectural and environmental factors that have shaped the current day Northbridge.
Much of the design is based on images sourced from the State Library of WA, including children collecting items to be recycled and reused for the war effort. Also incorporated are images of Perth’s rubbish trucks throughout the ages, lost architecture and local flora and fauna.
The local community came to Northbridge on Saturday the 4th of March 2017 to make their mark on Northbridge by helping paint part of the new mural created by Mel McVee.
Items from the City of Perth’s memorabilia and local history collections relating to the themes of the mural will be on display in the foyer of Council House and City of Perth Library until April.