Street Art Trial
We are engaging local street artists to paint murals on some of our most visible assets, to reduce the likelihood of them being defaced with graffiti, and to improve the look and feel of our asset in the community.
Did you know?
Yarra Valley Water is the provider of water and sanitation services to 1.8 million Melburnians. To provide these services to our customers, we operate and maintain above-ground infrastructure throughout our district. Sadly, this infrastructure is often the target of graffiti vandalism, and each year we spend thousands of dollars painting over our defaced assets.
Trying something new
We’re trialling a different approach to repainting these assets, which involves having street artists paint murals onto assets that are targeted repeatedly. The murals are covered with a clear protective coating to ensure they last for a long time.
We believe that the murals will be respected by graffiti vandals, deterring them from defacing the murals, and will also provide the community with a unique and colourful piece of art that aligns with the feel of the neighbourhood.
Street art with a local flavour
Our street artists produce concept art for the mural based on Yarra Valley Water’s design brief. Artists are encouraged to incorporate their own creative personality, as well as that of the local community and Yarra Valley Water, and come up with concept art that adopts themes including wildlife, healthy lifestyle and nature.
We share the concept art with nearby residents and community stakeholders to get their feedback before painting of the mural begins.
Our Street Art Trial will involve painting murals at the following locations:
Grimshaw Street, Bundoora
In late February 2017, we engaged a local street artist, Remedy Art, to paint a mural on the walls of our Water Pumping Station located at 354 Grimshaw Street, Bundoora.
The mural is an homage to Mother Nature and a reminder of the significant role water plays in our day to day lives as we experience rapid population growth.
A protective coating has since been painted over the completed mural, to ensure it remains part of the local community for many years.
Before the mural was painted, residents living next to the Water Pumping Station site, as well as local community stakeholders, were asked to have their say about the artist's proposed concept art for the mural, and they provided overwhelmingly positive feedback.
Cheong Street, Ringwood East
We engaged a local community artist to paint a mural on the walls of our Water Pumping Station located in Cheong Street, Ringwood East (near Ruthven Way).
In mid-February 2017, we asked residents living in Cheong Street and Ruthven Way, as well as local community stakeholders, to have their say about the artist’s concept design, and they provided overwhelmingly positive feedback.
The mural painting was completed in March 2018.