Sofles, Guido Van Helten and Reka team up to transform Melbourne Polytechnic’s Prahran Campus, 2017

Leading mural artists Sofles, Guido Van Helten and Reka have teamed up to transform Melbourne Polytechnic’s Prahran Campus with epic large-scale murals on three seven storey walls.

Prahran Campus is a creative precinct in the heart of Melbourne’s visual and performing arts communities. With the aim of improving access to creative training and arts facilitates to students and the public, Prahran Campus is a bustling hub of courses within the Creative Industries.

The seven-storey pieces, being created for the ‘Paint the Polytechnic’ project, were started in early December 2016, produced and curated by Juddy Roller with support from the City of Stonnington and Chapel Street Precinct to deepen Melbourne Polytechnic’s cultural legacy of public art with many new must-see art installations.

“It’s great to see our educational institutes taking such a forward thinking approach to the visual regeneration of their facilities… Street art is quickly becoming the fastest growing art movement in Australia and by supporting works of this scale, Melbourne Polytechnic is at the forefront of the movement, helping to increase the visibility and appreciation of an art form that has been long been hidden within the city’s hidden lane ways.”  Shaun Hossack, curator at Juddy Roller.

Reka’s mural is called “Kookaburra sits on the old Gum tree” referring to a well-known children’s song written by Marion Sinclair in 1932.  The mural depicts a Kookaburra, a native bird with a peculiar loud call that echoes human laughter, sitting on a gum tree.

Guido Van Helten mural “Falling, to move from a higher to a lower level, typically rapidly and without control” is an Interpretation of society and its influence on architecture. Guido has painted Melbourne based contemporary dancer Anna Seymour who establishes numerous projects for deaf dancers such as the Delta Project.

Sofles paints with a true style like no other, his work spreads across illustration, tattoo, canvas and any markable surface. Here he paints a female in his graffiti edge.

The project was captured on video by  Round3, and features aerial and close up slots of Sofles, Guido Van Helten and Reka working on their respective walls, and some amazing shots of their finished work.

“We’re thrilled that we can continue the cultural legacy of Prahran Technical School by visually reinvigorating the campus. In showcasing some of Australia’s best street artists on incredibly big concrete canvases, we allow creativity and inspiration to be central to what we do on a creative arts campus,” Tim Nikolsky, lecturer at Melbourne Polytechnic Prahran.

 The artists should definitely leave with a higher diploma each after this much talent!!



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