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Installation of First Nations mural underway

Installation of the First Nations Mural will soon begin on Monday 22 January 2024, bringing to life a large wall at Atkinson Street Multi-level car park in Oakleigh, on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung People.

Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback during the engagement period.

A total of 313 people voted on the mural, with 263 (84%) preferring concept 1 and 50 (16%) preferring concept 2. The most common rationale for selecting concept 1 was the bright and vibrant colours and the inclusion of the Bunjil and Waa (eagle and crow).

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.

Artist's statement on updates and final concept

Final mural concept

Artist Tommy Day's statement:

"After community consultation, I’ve refined my palette where vibrant blues, greens and magenta have been included for a richer tapestry for a contemporary audience. The animals are larger, with Waa the Crow now a multidimensional guardian alongside its counterpart, Bunjil the Eagle."

Background

Commissioning a First Nations mural aligns with Council’s recently endorsed Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan that outlines the shared approach Council is taking to work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to advance reconciliation in our workplace and across the Monash municipality.

As part of this project, artists were asked to submit two concept designs. Gunditjmara,Yorta Yorta and Wemba Wemba artist Tommy Day (represented by Mamam) was chosen by our Public Art Project Panel, which included representation from the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage and Aboriginal Corporation.

Monash residents were invited to have your say in which of the two concept designs they would like to see transform this busy corner of Oakleigh.

Concept 1: Bright and vibrant: Concept 2: Soft earth:

The aims

Artists were briefed on the mural's aims, which are to:

  • celebrate First Nations culture
  • foster community pride and a sense of belonging
  • provide a welcoming and fitting gateway to the vibrant Oakleigh Activity Centre
  • improve community safety and reduce tagging and bill posting.

Artist's statements and concept designs

Swipe through below to view the two concepts.