Sunday, 5 July 2015

Winter evening in the city

We decided to go into the city last night, left our cars at the train station, took the 10 minute ride into town and walked a few blocks enjoying the wonderful "mild" (for winter) evening, until we reached Matsuri Japanese restaurant where we made reservations for dinner.
The food was good, but Japanese dessert was a bit of a let-down.

On the way back I took photos of some murals at the 140 Murray street building (just behind the Underground train station) where a few new restaurant venues have recently opened.

Mural by Phibs around the lift doors
Mural by Kyle Hughes-Odgers and Benjamin Johnson

We then crossed into Northbridge (the night life district) via the Horse-shoe bridge to go and see the "Winter wonderland" 250 m2 ice-skating rink that has been set up near the Perth Cultural Centre, running for the month of July. Like last year, there was a pop-up bar with hot drinks, but unfortunately I saw some food vans around the area but they were closed, so I don't know if maybe they just operate during the day and not in the evenings.

I expected there would be more people in this area, but it was quite empty, but it could be because Fremantle also has their own "winter activities" at the same time, or maybe because it was a rainy day...
Ice-rink with giant screen with "burning logs"
The pop-up Bar tot he left with plenty of comfy seating and heaters. Behind is the City's public Library
The food vans were closed. Behind is one of this years "Sculpture by the Sea exhibits" - My home is your Home.

Walking back to the Underground station we came across another exhibit from this years "Sculpture by the Sea" in the form of an old car filled with "grass trees" sitting on the pavement in Wellington street, close to the station.
Tim Burton's "Victory or Revenge" from this year's Sculpture by the Sea in Cottesloe, now adorns a Perth street
Can you see the "Green Cactus" sculpture to the left in-between those two buildings?
Wellington street Station
Since we don't often go out at night, it was an enjoyable and different night, and I think I managed to persuade my husband that we need to go out more often and discover new things in the city.

Hope you had a great weekend too.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Alfred at the Como cinema

Strangely enough, I don't think I had ever noticed this mural of the iconic Alfred Hitchcock which is painted on the side of the Cygnet Cinema car park in the suburb of Como, just a few minutes from my work place!

Could the bird on the left be a connection to his well known film "The Birds?"
Recently I had lunch with a friend in a nearby restaurant, and it was when walking back to my car that I noticed the mural.
Alfred and his wife Alma spent part of their honeymoon in Lago di Como (Lake Como), Italy, and returned many times, and the suburb of Como was apparently named after this Italian locality.

The mural was commissioned by the Cygnet Cinema and painted in 2013 by an unknown artist.

The originally named Como Theatre designed in an Art Deco style, opened its doors in 1938 and is now heritage listed. Now named The Cygnet Cinema is part of the "Grand Cinemas" chain.

Just outside the cinema on Preston Street, stands this 2003 artwork by Peter Daily and Tunya Verlsuis, of old canisters and movie reels. It's an interactive artwork and you can turn the film in the projector to see historical and contemporary pictures of Como. How cool is that?

On another nearby wall of a Chinese restaurant another mural was being painted. The scaffolding and art material were there, but I couldn't see the artist.
Golden dragons and kids playing? Not sure I can figure out the association...

 Have a wonderful weekend. We will be having a wet weekend in Perth.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Public Art in Victoria Park

Today it's not murals, but some interesting public art works around the suburb of Victoria Park.
The steel swan and kangaroo on the corner of Albany Highway and Duncan street stand in front of the Victoria Park post office.
Created in 2012 by Fremantle sculptor Greg James, "Penny and Pound" - the swan and the kangaroo, are named after the stamp emblems in the early 1900's, when the Vic. Park post office was built.
Remember the dog "Blondie" in Fremantle? The same style, the same sculptor!

Penny and Pound - the Swan and Kangaroo

This cake slice and spoon rubbish bin at 880 Albany Highway, is quite attractive for a rubbish bin don't you think?

On the corner of Albany Highway and Harper street, this very cool movie reel extends into a bench.
"The real seat", made of steel, aluminium and sandstone, by Afghan born Mehdi Rasulle, stands in front of a former movie theater that closed in 1964. The building now houses a business center.

Did you enjoy these artworks? Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Murals in Victoria Park III

A few more photos of murals taken in the suburb of Victoria Park.
You can see Part I and Part II by clicking on the links.

Painted on the side wall of a unique gift shop "The Good Store" at 363 Albany Highway, this beautiful mural got the thumbs up from the store owner. 
"Jumping the shark", painted by Fieldey and James Giddy, both Perth based artists, was painted for the 2015 Form.

Fieldey, a New Zealand born artist, moved to Perth in 2007, and started painting her own surfboards when she learned to surf. She also paints murals and other things under commission.

A small mural on a side alley painted by "The Yok" who has another mural in Victoria Park (in previous post).

Painted by Perth illustrator Chris Nixon, at 1 Harper Street. There was a similar one on a wall to the left painted in orange tones, but there was a car parked right in front of it which obscured the view.

The large wall above painted by Drew Straker, another Perth graffiti artist who uses the "neon glow technique" in his artworks. You can see that in the first photo with the fireworks, to the left of the jet plane. This one can be seen on the side wall of Domino's Pizza at 410 Albany Highway corner of Duncan street.

Hope you enjoyed these murals. For me the first one by Fieldey/Giddy is quite striking, but the last one by Straker "feels" more artistic. Which is your favourite?

Friday, 19 June 2015

Murals in Victoria Park II

Following from my previous post, here are a few more photos taken in Victoria Park, of murals painted along Albany Highway.

The above from Australian artists James Cooper aka Jerkfvce and Nick Zafir represents a giant bird between two macaws entitled "Lucy and the Imposter" was painted for the 2015 Form, painted in a laneway next to 855 Albany Highway .

This one is signed Harem 2015, but I couldn't really find anything about it anywhere. Not to my taste either...

Both of the above "ladies" are from Lady Poiz, couldn't find anything about this artist either, the "Green lady" is next to a bottle store in Albany Highway.

A colourful one, but couldn't find the name of the artist either...

Some more pics to come in the next post.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Murals in Victoria Park

I went to the suburb of Victoria Park, south east of the city centre, with the intention of photographing the murals painted during 2015's Form, that took place from 6th to the 19th April.

Armed with a Form map for the Victoria Park works, I started in one area with the intention of going all the way to the city. Most of these murals are in Albany Highway - a main road that passes through Victoria Park, 405km long road from Perth to Albany in the South West.
After 5 or 6 murals my battery ran out! In the meantime I managed to mostly photograph works painted in 2014. I hope you like them and I will return to photograph the 2015 murals soon.

This one painted in 2014 by Edgar Flores aka Saner, a Mexican artist displaying all the colourful Aztec colours. Located on the wall of "Food for me" restaurant at 877 Albany Highway, corner of Canterbury street.

Nick Zafir, a Perth based artist also painted the above wall in a laneway in 2014.

A local artist, Miss Spic, painted this "Retro girl" at the request of a business owner avoiding graffiti.

Another 2014 wall, entitled "Falcor", painted by Perth artists Sheryo & The Yok, now based in New York. Their work is Asian inspired as you can see above.

And the next one is not a mural, it's a  bicycle repair station!
Funny thing, I'd never seen one before...couldn't really figure out, probably because I'm no biker, but it had all sorts of small tools hanging...

Next time I hope to bring you some of 2015's murals...
Hope you enjoy these.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Murals in Northbridge

The following photos were taken a few weeks ago on a day out in the suburb of Northbridge, just north of Perth's city centre.

This green wall in William street, behind TAFE (educational and training college) has 3 different murals.
The one in the centre, with the "quirky aliens" was painted by Perth artist Martin E Wills or MEW, the one on the right side is by New York artist Jerkface.

Martin E Wills alliens
Jerkface mural

On the tower of the Tafe building you can see a huge piece by Argentinian artist Nicolas Romero known as Ever.

Another mural on the corner of Newcastle and William street, was painted  in 2012 by Lauren Nannup and Stephen Genovese, and is entitled "Red and White tail cockatoos"

These next ones were taken in a carpark in Abeerdeen Street, also in Northbridge, when we went out to dinner with friends to the Darlings Supper Club, a modern Asian fusion restaurant.
This mural was painted by Chris AKA Royaldog, a Korean artist.
(sorry not great pictures, but they were taken with my phone at night)

Have a wonderful weekend.
Here in Perth we're having a sunny weekend, which means some gardening. Will have to show some pictures of our progress in the garden renovation...