Discovering Bunbury’s Re.Discover Murals

The scale of the Re.Discover murals in Bunbury is rather monumental. There seem to be murals almost everywhere.

We realised that the best way to bond with the murals is just to be with them. Stand, slouch, squat, sit, recline, look.  Do anything.  Just be in proximity of a mural – without much distraction – and the mural will imprint itself upon your imagination.

In order to keep company with the murals, we decided on a modest photographic odyssey of sorts. We invited photographers Sam Everitt and Rob Cox of oxy images to accompany Wanda Sadowski from Art Partners.  The trio was asked to choose two murals each.  Sam and Rob were tasked with documenting them.

Rob Cox and Sam Everitt with Sharon Hinchliffe mural

Rob Cox and Sam Everitt with Sharon Hinchliffe mural

Although photographing is not essential to enjoying the murals, it does encourage a closer examination. Documentary photography takes time and therefore slows the pace down which really forces one to look closely at the subject.

Sam Everitt with Sharon Hinchliffe mural. Image by Rob Cox

Sam Everitt with Sharon Hinchliffe mural. Image by Rob Cox

Here’s our retrospective of six favourites.  We made good use of the official Re.Discover brochure with map (available at various locations including the Bunbury Visitor Centre).

Artist: Hayley Welsh

Location: Red Cross, lane-way off Wellington Street
Number on map: 8
Year: 2016
Key words and thoughts: “This mural is interesting. It makes me think of an octopus.” (Sam)

Making exceptional use of its allotted space, this mural has a long tail that extends almost the entire length of the lane. According to the Re.Discover brochure, Hayley is “quickly becoming recognised for her surreal, wide-eyed creatures.”

Hayley Welsh's wide-eyed creature. Photo by Sam Everitt

Hayley Welsh’s wide-eyed creature. Photo by Sam Everitt

Text adds important elements to this mural.

Artist: Beastman

Location: Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, rear access off Princep Street
Number on map: 23
Year: 2015
Key words and thoughts: “I like the size, the ambition of this mural.” (Rob)

This towering work by the Sydney-based artist makes powerful use of colour and geometric shapes to give profound dimension to these walls.

Also photographed by Rob at night, this Beastman mural has a very different look and feel.

Beastman mural night view. Photo by Rob Cox

Beastman mural night view. Photo by Rob Cox

Artist: Sharon Hinchliffe

Location: Re.Discover Jam Wall, South’s Furniture lane-way, Wellington Street and Princep Street
Number on map: 16
Year: 2016
Key words and thoughts: “I love coming down this lane-way and seeing this colourful piece of optimism.” (Wanda)

There’s a dreamy innocence about Sharon’s work – that’s also technically very accomplished – that makes it universally appealing.

Detail of Sharon Hinchliffe mural. Photo by Rob Cox

Detail of Sharon Hinchliffe mural. Photo by Rob Cox

Beautiful details are plentiful in this mural.

Artist: Stormie Mills

Location: Wombat Lodge, alley-way off Princep Street
Number on map: 24
Year: 2015
Key words and thoughts: “This dark work engages the viewer and forces them to think about issues surrounding communication and mortality.” (Rob)

A gem that’s hidden away, this mural rewards viewers with the intense interaction between two powerful characters.

Rob’s atmospheric night shot really captures the mood of this Stormie Mills mural.

Stormie Mills mural night view. Photo by Rob Cox

Stormie Mills mural night view. Photo by Rob Cox

Artist: Dee Mosca

Location: Re.Discover Jam Wall, South’s Furniture lane-way, Wellington Street and Princep Street
Number on map: 16
Year: 2016
Key words and thoughts: “I know who this person is and she’s very pretty.” (Sam)

The Dee Mosca mural is near the Wellington entrance to the lane-way. It’s the girl’s eyes that entice the viewer to have a closer look.  The mural’s successful in that it launches people on their journey down this eclectically-painted lane-way.

Taking a Road Less Travelled

For our final selection, we ventured out of the CBD and the heart of official Re.Discover territory. By taking a road less travelled, we were rewarded with something rather astonishing.  It was almost like being shot out of a rabbit hole and landing in some visually sumptuous territory.

Artist: Andrew Frazer

Location: Marlston Hill
Number on map: This is not an official Re.Discover mural, and therefore not on the map
Year: 2016
Key words and thoughts: “Quirky.” (neighbour) “Gutsy and imaginative.” (us)

We love the bold idea of commissioning a mural and adding colour and vibrancy to this Marlston Hill street. The family worked closely with the artist who designed and executed a mural that depicts bits of family lore.  And, hey, a coffee-drinking bunny.  Who would have thought.

Detail of Andrew Frazer mural. Photo by Sam Everitt

Detail of Andrew Frazer mural. Photo by Sam Everitt

Here’s the view from the street and a detail of the bunny enjoying the aroma.

Over To You

Thanks for coming on the journey with us.  Is there a mural (official Re.Discover or other) that you love? Let us know in the comments section.

24 thoughts on “Discovering Bunbury’s Re.Discover Murals

  1. Rob Holmes

    It’s fantastic to see what street art is doing to places all around the world. Such talent and such opportunity to brighten up people’s lives changing boring cold spaces into dynamic, colourful and sometimes thought provoking spaces.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Great to hear from you Rob Holmes. Yes, it is fantastic to have all this amazing street art right here in Bunbury. And, taking the time to really look is an amazing experience! We highly recommend it.

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  2. waferal

    What a fantastic snapshot of the Bunbury murals, the close-ups and snippets of the bigger thing are intriguing. I loved the write-up. Well done to all involved.

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  3. Rob Cox

    We’re so lucky to have this street gallery of colourful and thoughtful work by such a broad range of artists, including our own very talented local contributors. Great stuff!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Rob. What a great contribution you’ve made to Art Partners this year. I know that Sam’s really enjoyed his time with you. And, yes, we are very blessed to have all this amazing street art!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks scooj. It was wonderful to learn of your more than 400 posts on street art. What an epic adventure you’ve been on. Thanks for checking out our post and for commenting!

      Reply
  4. Leighton Jay

    Such brilliant street art in Bunbury?! Who would have thunk it? I love the murals and I think some of the photos you guys have taken to capture them are really fabulous. I know that my next trip to Bunbury needs to include some time to drift past these murals and view them for myself – you’ve enticed me in! Thank you.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Yes, it’s amazing Leighton! Next time you’re in town, make sure you get a hold of the official Re.Discover map and you’ll be on your way. Thanks for staying in touch.

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  5. Life Images by Jill

    The murals of Rediscover Bunbury are a fantastic way of bringing art to the people. I think everyone sees something different. Last year we went around while the artists were still creating their murals – talking to them added a wonderful dimension to our walk. Great to see Sam enjoying the works and his photography. Well done Art Partners.

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