To celebrate the much anticipated RONE in Geelong exhibition coming to the Geelong Gallery this month, we thought it was a timely excuse to explore the incredible street art, 3D and augmented reality murals home to Central Geelong.
Not only does Central Geelong have a variety of galleries and museums but it is overflowing with exciting street art hidden in the laneways and streets.
But first, if you haven’t already heard, RONE is coming to the Geelong Gallery!
Over the last two decades, Geelong-born artist RONE has built an exceptional reputation for large-scale wall paintings and immersive installations that explore concepts of beauty and decay. RONE’s latest site-specific installation will transform Geelong Gallery’s rooms in response to the architecture and history of the building, and the Gallery’s collection.
The first comprehensive survey of RONE’s career to date will also be presented, charting the artist’s practice from early stencil works and street art, to photographs documenting major installations that have transformed abandoned spaces. For tickets and to find out more visit www.geelonggallery.org.au/whats-on/exhibitions/rone
Now, put on your walking shoes and start exploring some of the incredible street art in Central Geelong. Make sure you have your smart phone handy to capture your experience to share using hashtag #LoveCentralGeelong on Instagram.
There are 15 extraordinary artworks throughout Central Geelong, so to make sure you don’t miss any we have put together a list for you.
1. In Wright Place you will find a Botanical beauty piece by Simon 'Chippa' Chiovitti.
- The Platform Arts laneway off Gheringhap Street is home to the Platform Arts Laneway Gallery mural.
- In the Civic Centre Car Park (via the Gheringhap Street entrance) you will find the Very Hungry Caterpillar/Storybook Mural by artist Michael Cassar.
- In the Civic Centre Car Park (via the Lt Malop Street entrance) is the Jungle City Mural by artist Tina Mose.
- Head to James Street to experience Mountain Girl by artist Laura Alice.
- The popular Chrissy Amphlett mural and augmented reality experience is located in McLarty Place. The artist of this mural is Ian Lowe with the Augmented Reality feature by Pillowfort Creative and Codeacious. Download the Geelong Arts & Culture App to discover the Augmented Reality feature.
- In Dennys Place you will find the King Billy and Chrissy Amphlett piece. King Billy Artist: Cam Scale, Chrissy Amphlett Artist: Glen Smith
- Moi-Yo Miller Mural by artist Michael Cassar can be found on the corner of James Street and Minns Lane. Geelong born Miller was considered the most beautiful woman on Australia in the 1930's when she travelled the world as the Great Magician Dante's assistant.
- Located in Shorts Place is the Virtual Reality Family mural by artist Baby Guerilla. This mural was commissioned by the City of Greater Geelong Public Art Project.
- Also in Shorts Place, immerse yourself in the 3D Butterfly Wall Mural is by artist Scott Jansen. It was commissioned by Love Central Geelong.
- Jay Z & Beyonce mural by artist Danielle Webber can be found at 12-14 Union St.
- Make your way to Union Street to experience the Union Street Mural.
- ‘Petit St. Jean’ by artist Michael Cessar is located in the car park at the back of Bistrot St. Jean (239 Moorabool Street).
- The Unknown Mariner by artist Cam Scale can be located down the laneway stairs of 65 Brougham Street.
- Immerse yourself in the giant 3D ‘Geelong Globe’ located on The Carousel at 1 Eastern Beach Road.
So, make a day of it in Central Geelong, whether it’s by visiting the RONE in Geelong exhibition and/ or discovering Central Geelong’s wall art scene, you are sure to have a wonderful time.
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