Morley: Artists paint multiple cultures at Coventry Village mural

Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish, Coventry Village director Mike Holtham, The Morley Momentum member Fiorda Llapi. Picture: Max Laurent.
Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish, Coventry Village director Mike Holtham, The Morley Momentum member Fiorda Llapi. Picture: Max Laurent.

MURAL artist Tony Lawrence drew inspiration from Morley’s multicultural heritage to create a 90m long artwork at Coventry Village.

Lawrence, of Basix Murals, led a group of Australia’s best graffiti artists to work on the mural which featured an Indigenous hunter, Poseidon – the Greek God of the sea – and other iconic symbols and events.

Coventry Village partnered with the City of Bayswater and community group The Morley Momentum for the project.

The Butcher Shop, Bunnings and Lumens Photography also supported the project.

Lawrence said artists evolved their works from original designs.

Lead artist Tony Lawrence of Basix Murals.

“We created stencils for each design and then projected them on to the wall to assess their scale and impact,” he said.

“But once we got going we could see how each piece could be enhanced and there were changes that just came naturally.

“We’ve worked around the clock including at night under huge spotlights to keep the creativity flowing.”

Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish said Morley was a “melting pot of cultures”, with about half of the community born overseas.

“This impressive artwork has added a splash of colour and excitement to the Morley CBD and will be enjoyed by thousands of visitors (who travel) to this busy retail and dining precinct,” he said.

Strzelecki Group chairman Greg Poland, whose group owns the village, said the village hoped the mural would be a deterrent to vandals who often defaced the wall.

“Most of the professional urban art installations are in Perth City and Fremantle, so it is fantastic to be able to extend this art form to a dynamic suburban hub like Morley,” he said.

“Even before it was completed, word about the wall started spreading and its already earned street art gem status among Perth Instagrammers and photographers.”