The murals in Subiaco caught my attention before we moved to the suburb three months ago. Now I walk here regularly, I’m enthralled.If you have not found the street art in your neighbourhood, you might be rewarded if you look for it.
I’m embarrassed that street art (especially murals) in Perth and its suburbs developed while I slept. I didn’t think about its revolutionary impact, although I’ve admired street in other Australian cities and some country towns.
When I married for the second time almost eleven years ago, I moved from a vibrant, almost-inner suburb to a beach suburb further from the city. We moved again, a bit closer to Perth, but murals still did not feature in the streetscapes.
The last time I really thought about it, people still called painting on walls vandalism. A very rare painter or a group of painters transformed public space or other people’s walls with acceptable art. Now whole cities have been transformed.
Below is a segment of a mural in Rowlands Street created by Tricia Stedman .
A body of philosophical and sociological writing grew up around the subject. Public art helps to create community. It creates a sense of well-being and identity.
The City of Subiaco, like other cities, embraced public art in all its forms. Murals in Subiaco abound, along with other street art. The city’s vision is
…to create a visible arts presence throughout the city with a public art program that engages artists’ creative ideas to celebrate the values of Subiaco.
To appreciate murals in Subiaco one needs to walk.
The physical action of walking is not the most fun thing I do, what with the aching knees and ankles, but I do love what happens when I walk, and so I do it regularly. Time to take a leaf out of Grandma Williams’ book. Or rather from her blog.
My walks form part of my living adventurously. I wrote about that here. I walk the streets, craning to see new sights in the streets and lanes.
More murals in Subiaco which I spotted a short way from home
I came upon these beauties about a hundred metres from home, painted on the front and back of a low retaining wall, tucked, as you can see, behind a tree.
This sunny scene is on the side of a building which faces a car park.
An abstract, tucked away on the side of a building.
Visitors to Subiaco can access the addresses of murals and other street art from the City of Subiaco site.