Explore Public Art

Our precinct is home to many large-scale public artworks.
Explore them all with a coffee in hand from Myrtle Wine Cafe.

Public Art
1. Weaving Sustainable Culture, Mitch Mahoney and Donna Blackall, 2021

Footscray Community Arts by over 200 community members. Culminating in the form of canoes and woven fishing nets, these sculptures represent the six seasons of the Kulin Nations using Indigenous grasses and plants.

Led by the artists and Elders in consultation, this installation is inspired by the Kulin Nation waterway protectors, Balayang (Fruit Bat) and Waa (Crow) located in the Footscray Community Arts Rose Garden.

Image: Jacinta Keefe

2. Spatial deconstruction #25 (perceptual vortex) Emma Coulter, 2021

Located on the north-facing Warehouse wall at Footscray Community Arts, Emma Coulter’s Spatial deconstruction #25 (perceptual vortex) creates a ‘window’ into the space for the community. Commissioned as a result to her winning street art submission to Footscray Art Prize 2021, Emma’s striking arrangement of colour on the building’s facade breathes new life into the creative precinct.

Swing past Footscray Community Arts via Moreland St to see the work in person.

Image: Emma Coulter

3. Uncle Larry Daniela Rodriguez, 2018

Pasted on the Maribyrnong River side of the Footscray Community Arts Warehouse building are two large-scale photographs very close to our hearts. Celebrating the wonderful local Aboriginal Taungurung leader and storyteller, and Footscray Community Arts Elder-in-Residence, Uncle Larry Walsh is a series of black and white portraits simply titled Uncle Larry.

Image: Gianna Rizzo

4. Marks I Brook Andrew, 2012

Created by renowned Wiradjuri artist Brook Andrew, alongside the local community, Marks I is one of the most Instagrammed works in the Footscray Community Arts precinct. Sitting at 40m long and 6m tall, this piece represents the patterns carved into traditional Wiradjuri shields. According to Brook, the mural ‘is a reminder of our strong links to  culture and how we can develop ways for our cultures to live in a contemporary society and still have strong meaning’. Find it at the Footscray Community Arts Warehouse building.

Image: Gianna Rizzo

5. Reading Chair Jos Van Hulsen, 2012

Unveiled during the closing ceremony of the 2012 Maribyrnong Literary Festival, this enchanting artwork is comfortably hidden amongst the Footscray Community Arts riverside greenery, near the Maribyrnong River. Made by West Footscray artist, sculptor and furniture maker Jos Van Hulsen, co-partner of quirky local small business Post Industrial Design, this is the perfect place to sip a coffee, read or just enjoy the view.

Image: Gianna Rizzo

6. Arch for Reconciliation Brian Paulusz, 1997

Located riverside at Footscray Community Arts, this piece symbolises the ‘motion of Reconciliation’ and the apologies issued by governments for brutal past practices. The work itself was completed in 1997 and is made completely of basalt.

Image: Gianna Rizzo

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