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Market Murals

To celebrate our 150th anniversary the Market has commissioned three of Melbourne’s best street artists to create some murals around the Market, showcasing their interpretation of our huge milestone.


Untitled portrait 2017

Aerosol, acrylic

This portrait is the first of a series at the Market that highlights the generations of people from all backgrounds that have visited and worked here for 150 years. These faces represent the multicultural, 150-year heritage of the Market – where friendships have developed and memories have been created. See the artist at work photos below.

Untitled portrait 2017

Aerosol, acrylic

The mural of a Chinese man is located on the side wall of Fruits on Coventry, just inside the entrance to the Centre Aisle from Coventry Street. Coventry Street traders in the early 1900’s used to be predominantly Chinese as seen in the Market collections register for 1927. This mural reflects this history rich history.

Untitled portrait 2017

Aerosol, acrylic

The little girl’s father took a photo of her in her own little world eating a doughnut. He posted it on Instagram, and it won our #Photooftheweek one Sunday and gained more likes via Instagram than any other posts at that time. The image represents so many stories in our My Market Story campaign, where shoppers of all ages remember their trips to the Market as a child and recall the treats they used to get as a highlight of their visit. The Market represents delicious treats to so many people, a time to spoil yourself and get lost in a space that is old and new and magical.


Greenhouse 2017

Aerosol, acrylic

Bailer has created a garden of vines twining around the poles and sides of the walls, reaching up to a sun drenched sky. The contrasting green of the vines and their direction going upwards leads the eye to the warmth and glow of the ceiling, the hues typical of a bright sunset in South Melbourne.  See the artist at work photos below.



Pollination 2017

Aerosol, acrylic

Knock has used the native Australian wattle as a focal point for this mural, which represents growth and bloom.  The native wattle bird completes the plants cycle of pollination, that emphasises new growth. See the artist at work photos below.

Cam Scale progress photos:

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Bailer progress photos:

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Knock progress photos:

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150th Anniversary Mural Project:

  • Commissioned by South Melbourne Market
  • Sponsored by Haymes PaintRight Southbank


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