ADA were retained as the public art consultants on a public art project along the Frankston Line. Carrum’s massive transformation as part of level crossing removal works has created 1.2 hectares of brand-new open spaces for people of all ages to enjoy. The first of Carrum’s new community open spaces opened in July 2021, which included the new village green across from the main station entrance and Carrum’s new half-basketball court.
ADA commissioned an artist to submit a concept for a public art mural for the external wall of the basketball court. The local history, environment and City of Kingston community were central to the development of the integrated art strategy as it informs the social experiences and provides visitors and residents a strong sense of place.
Artists Brigitte Dawson and Melissa Turner’s had the difficult task of painting the ribbed concrete wall and transformed the site through the depiction of the local environment in reference to the residents that first occupied the area, The Bunurong people. Melbourne’s Murals duo noted that the speciﬁc location has extensive vegetation like Banksia and Gum and envisioned a mural that would seamlessly blend into the surrounding vegetation giving the area a safer outlook that residence can enjoy.
They mentored a young student appointed by Kingston City Council during the installation of their mural.
“We created a mural that would really speak to the Carrum community through the surrounding vegetation and foreshore. We have highlighted the Banksia and Gum in reference to the Bunurong people and have united all these wonderful characteristics to create a sanctuary for locals to play and thrive in. It was great to share our knowledge and experience with a young mentee in the creation of this mural and we hope it can be enjoyed for years to come.” – Brigitte Dawson and Melissa Turner
Kingston Youth services provides free support, counselling and a program-based service for anyone 12-25years with links to the City of Kingston.
Melbourne’s Murals is spearheaded by artists Brigitte Dawson and Melissa Turner. They have delivered iconic murals throughout Melbourne and co-founded Street Art Solutions, a community focused initiative that provides graffiti offenders with a place where they can focus and channel their creativity in a legal form of expression, to re-educate the youth about illegal tagging and further encourage professional street art.
Carrum Basketball Court Mural
Level Crossing Removal Project
Southern Program Alliance
Kingston City Council