In 2021, ADA Consulting (MARS) were appointed by Ashe Morgan to commission murals through the The District Docklands.
The District Docklands has undergone a significant transformation and is home to over 80 retail stores over two levels, as well as a Costco and a large Observation Wheel known as the Melbourne Star.
Adnate was one of three artists who was awarded the tender with a concept that drew upon the local community and referenced integral aspects of the Docklands precinct.
Bright and joyous colours create a welcoming atmosphere and the hands encourage a sense of intimacy and seek to inspire people to follow and engage through the use of broad gestures that point towards the District and the Docklands area.
A second mural juxtaposes the New Docklands with Old Docklands and seeks to educate, engage, and remind people of the continuous evolution of the area.
Adnate is an artist that realises his portraits in spray paint. He has moved past his roots in Street Art, utilising the medium to carry his realist style into the fine art realm.
Heavily influenced by the chiaroscuro of renaissance painters like Caravaggio, Adnate embraces portraiture like the masters of the XXI Century.
Adnate has worked closely with indigenous people of their native land, especially with Indigenous Australians. He paints large scale murals around Australia and the world, creating a statement of reclaiming the land that was always theirs. He endeavours to capture the stories and emotions of each subject he paints, encouraging the audience to feel through their own experience.
Artist Sasha Heath conveyed the character of The District Docklands and highlighted the elements of shopping, activities of the area, the multicultural community and the nightlife as well.
Heath incorporated UV elements throughout the design so that during the day, her mural portrays the Docklands and its community and in the late afternoon the UV spotlights turn on to show hidden elements that are not be able to be seen during the day, highlighting the nightlife of Docklands and creating a sense of fun and an element of surprise within the corridor itself.
Sasha Heath (a.k.a hellotomato) is a multidisciplinary artist who works across a variety of mediums but murals are her main passion. She loves the challenge of working big, transforming spaces, enhancing environments and creating something unique for the enjoyment of others.
Melbourne’s Murals created an interactive mural that emulates The District Docklands and transforms the corridors into a vibrant laneway that enlivens the area. The mural showcases a different aspect to the complex, from ice-cream to shopping and all the fun that can be had in between. Focussing on The District’s playful interactivity with plenty of ‘selfie opportunities,’ each piece bursts with colour underpinned by an abstract style that keeps the hallways contemporary. Complementing each design, mnemonic map lines including a yellow-branded key line helps string all artworks together – just like roads to a district.
The impressive team at Melbourne’s Murals is spearheaded by talented Australian artists, Brigitte Dawson and Melissa Turner.
Brigitte and Melissa are visual storytellers with 40 years’ experience and a keen eye for detail. They teamed up ten years ago to beautify walls in streets, homes and businesses. They love the large scale canvases that the streets offer. Painting in abstract and realism, Melbourne’s Murals reveal stories in response to the site and its community.
Videography: Yask Desai
Adnate, Melbournes Murals, Hello Tomato
The District Docklands Murals
The District Docklands, Melbourne