AN original image is now covering the walls next to 100 Main Street, Mornington, following the hasty removal last month of mural that too closely resembled a work of art in Europe.
This time, a different artist, Tyson Savanah, has rendered a piece called Deep Blue Devils for the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s arts and culture program’s anti-graffiti mural project.
The brief sought an anamorphic artwork that used the three-walled nook near the ANZ Bank in Main Street.
Savanah said the idea for his underwater image came to him when he saw the trunk of the existing palm and the wooden box covering the water metre.
“I knew it was a sunken treasure chest near a pier pole. I chose to add local blue devil fish as the protectors of the treasure,” he said.
The first mural was deemed too similar to a painting in Germany by a Swiss artist (“Mural covered up over ‘copy’ claims” The News 10/1/22).
Savannah (Father Marker on social media) said the mural “provided a nice challenge”.
The line work for his piece was tagged but, rather than see the negatives, Savanah invited the tagger to assist.
On social media Savanah wrote that the incident made him think about how many young taggers and street writers were out there looking for opportunities to show their love of art and street art-based culture in a more publicly acceptable way.