No need to wait for a time machine, you can step back to the past by simply having a gaze at the new murals on the rail bridge overpass at Hartwell, Boroondara.
As part of the Hartwell Shopping Centre Streetscape Improvement works, the Council commissioned Juddy Roller Collective artist Dvate to present an historic motif of the neighbourhood dating forward from the local flora and fauna representing bushland existing pre-settlement. You then travel to the opposite side of the mural by steam train, conjuring memories of the Outer Circle Railway.
The former Regal Theatre, once proudly standing at the corner of Toorak and Camberwell Roads, appears as if emerging from the wall. Its elegant art deco styling is also reminiscent of the stylish trains of the 1930s which were designed to invoke a sense of speed and progress. Also featured is what is rarely found today, a motor repair shop where they come out to service your car and an American Maid ice cream shop -- all celebrating Hartwell’s rich built and social history.
The Toorak Road mural straddles two Council Wards, Lynden and Solway, and Councillors Lisa Hollingsworth and Garry Thompson are both delighted with the finished work.
“Council worked closely with community representatives to present images that explored the rich history of the local area through a visual narrative,” Cr Hollingsworth. “The result is brilliant,” added Cr Thompson thanking the Hartwell Traders Association and Camberwell Historical Society for their contributions.
The murals are designed to reduce incidents of graffiti and improve the attractiveness of the shopping centre.
Local residents are encouraged to spend a little more time on site to pick out a memorable message that appeared on the bridge for many years.
By foot, by bike, by car or the Number 75 Tram, it’s well worth the look.