Pat Perry celebrates Melbourne theatre culture
Pat Perry, an internationally renowned artist known for his large-scale works across the globe, has painted a 90m long, over 20m wide mural on the rooftop of the acoustic shed erected over City Square. The shed was built as part of construction of the new Town Hall Station to ensure noise and dust is contained.
The elevated artwork pays homage to early Melbourne’s theatre history and was inspired by a visit to the Princess Theatre archives with prominent theatre owner and historian Elaine Marriner earlier this year. The design shows a theatre troupe that might have graced the stage in the late 1800s.
The artwork will be seen by office workers in surrounding buildings, as well as the many guests of the neighbouring hotel, The Westin Melbourne.
Local street-art studio Juddy Roller has worked with Pat, while 2 Melbourne artists, Georgina Goodnow and Jason Parker, assisted with the painting.
Pat will now begin work this week on an accompanying artwork in the driveway of The Westin Melbourne, which will be publicly accessible all year round.
Next year, the Metro Tunnel Creative Program will run an open call out for a local artist to design an artwork for the Swanston Street side of the City Square shed – taking the total number of Victorian artists involved in the project to over 30.
The program has also commissioned local costume designer, Nick Barlow, to bring the designs to life for a real theatre troupe and will showcase Pat’s design as part of a celebration of theatre artwork to be displayed on City Square in 2020.