Rone's Alpha Project has been completed inside the machine rooms of the old Alphington Paper Mills on Heidelberg Road which starts to be demolished today. The iconic brutalist brick buildings will make way for one of Australia’s largest urban renewal mini-suburb, YarraBend. This work is an extension of Rone’s “Empty” series which was unveiled last year and investigates the themes of beauty and decay. In “Empty”, Rone secretly created murals in abandoned houses and building around Melbourne and documented these works in a photographic print series. Last weekend, only a small group of people were able to view the works before they were painted over and set for demolition.
Throughout his career, Melbourne-based artist, Adnate has used his work to tell the stories of Indigenous people and their native lands, particularly the stories of Aboriginal Australians. In 2016, Adnate developed a friendship with the Barengi Gadjin Land Council in north-west Victoria and found his inspiration for this mural. GrainCorp’s Sheep Hills silos were built in 1938. Adnate’s depiction of Wergaia Elder, Uncle Ron Marks, and Wotjobaluk Elder, Aunty Regina Hood, alongside two young children, Savannah Marks and Curtly McDonald celebrates the richness of the area’s Indigenous culture.
The night sky represents elements of local dreaming and the overall image signifies the important exchange of wisdom, knowledge and customs from Elders to the next generation. Adnate spent four weeks with the community in late 2016 to conceive and complete the mural. He says that he sought to shine a spotlight on the area’s young Indigenous people and highlight the strong ancestral connection that they share with their Elders.
PETER DAVERINGTON has completed a large-scale mural at South Melbourne Primary School, the first public vertical school in Victoria. Featuring an Australian landscape of banksias and verdant growth interrupted by geometric, hard-edge line work continued from the building's facade, the mural will be enjoyed by students for years to come.