Carlson Reserve mural takes shape

A splash of colour is coming to Carlson Reserve on Clayton Road! Artists Creature Creature have finalised the design for the new mural at the reserve’s multi-purpose courts.

In May 2024, Monash residents were invited to have their say in which of Creature Creature’s two concept designs they would like to see transform the wall at this bustling reserve.

Nearly 200 people voted, with 107 (55.44%) preferring concept 1, Side by Side, and 86 (44.56%) preferring concept 2, Flutter and Breeze.

The most common reasons for selecting concept 1 were the calm and appealing colours, the inclusion of local birds and the design’s connection to Clayton’s culturally diverse population.

Creature Creature took on board the community’s feedback, including some concerns about the potential affect to players’ visibility on the court, and used it to inform the final design.

For the full results, please see the Community Engagement Report.

The final mural concept and the artist's statement of changes can be viewed below.

Carlson Reserve - new mural

What happens next?

Early works on the mural’s installation are now starting, and we hope to deliver a vibrant and engaging space by early July 2024.

To install the mural on the court side of the hit-up wall, we need to temporarily close the multi-purpose courts on from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday, until 17 June 2024. This will ensure the safety of the artists and allow for the days’ paint to dry, preventing damage to the ongoing work. ­­­

Once courtside painting is complete, the courts will reopen and the installation will move to the road-facing side of the wall.

During this roadside stage of painting, we’ll place temporary barriers around the work area to ensure it remains safe for traffic and pedestrians.

We will make every attempt to minimise disruption to reserve users at this time.