Urban Art Walls

The Urban Art Walls project aims to deter illegal graffiti by providing an opportunity for creative practitioners in highly-visible sites. Using the city as canvas, the City of Hobart is making high-quality urban art a celebrated part of the city’s surfaces. 

Completed urban art walls

Mobius Strip

Mobius Strip, Chooka, Aedan Howlett, Seven, Odi, Lukan Smith, 2017

MOBIUS STRIP is a 5-minded reflection on the ocean. Styles, colours and ideas clashing like waves – creating an aquatic harmony.

 

Sprout by Sarah Etheridge

   

Sprout, Sarah Etheridge, 2017 

 165 Elizabeth Street, Hobart.

Sprout is a discussion about consumerism and, in particular, everyday recyclable materials. The artwork attracts city goers using vibrant colours against an almost harsh white wall, allowing them to reflect upon its deeper meaning and what they can take from it.

 

Trapdoor by Jade Pollard

 

Trapdoor, Jade Pollard, 2017

162 Liverpool Street, Hobart

Trapdoor takes passers-by on a journey through a dark dungeon cave filled with treasure and crystals. Influenced by various cartoons, including a 1990s television show of the same name, Trapdoor is a nostalgic connection to a 90s childhood.

 

Rodent Six by Luffy Rae

Rodent Six, Luffy Rae, 2017

158 Collins Street, Hobart

Rodent Six re-imagines objects and artefacts from the pop culture that surrounded children growing up in the 1990s. Virtual pets and portable game consoles inhabit vivid memories of tender moments, looming over us forever with dreaming eyes and rose-coloured cheeks.

 

You’re Here, Georgia Hill, 2016

Lynton Avenue Underpass, South Hobart

You're Here calls on the audience to pause in their mind for the brief moment they pass through the underpass and reflect on their physical, mental or emotional ‘here’. This open-ended phrase can be read in literal or complex ways, depending on each viewers’ own state of mind and experiences at the time.

Chairs, Jae Criddle, 2016

Purdy's Mart, Kemp Street, Hobart

A nod to Mr Arthur Purdy, Chairs speaks to the history of the laneway and references Mr Purdy's second-hand furniture business that ran for 27 years (1927–55) from a two storey, red-brick building situated in the laneway. The quirky characters sitting on antique chairs have a life of their own, carefully keeping watch over the laneway.

Tasmanian Red Handfish, Amok Island, 2016

Purdy's Mart, Kemp Street, Hobart

The mural seeks to highlight and raise awareness of the red handfish, and urge viewers to learn about and protect this rare species found only in their backyard.

Birds of a Feather, Phibs, 2016

Collins Court, Collins Street, Hobart

‘Birds are a reoccurring subject in my work at present and I’ve been inspired by their cheeky and playful characters for this particular work. My aim is to create an engaging mural for the uniquely shaped wall in Collins Court. I wanted to create something interesting using pattern and repetition which gives the sense of movement and draws people in to use their imaginations.’ (Phibs)

Lost Giant, Stormie Mills, 2015

Criterion Street, Hobart

Hobart's Lost Giant is a character in a global story. With his smartphone's GPS in hand, the Lost Giant sets out on a journey to discover the city and himself.Painted in the artist's signature palette, the colours of the Lost Giant each represent a different emotional perspective: 'black represents dirt, white speaks of erasure, grey is symbolic of the cityscape and silver is for dreams’ (Mills).

Everyone Needs a Hand Sometimes, Stormie Mills, 2015

Collins Court, Collins Street, Hobart

Every now and then we all need a little help from our friends or to simply enjoy some respite from daily life. 'As these characters push and swing, we see the idea of giving and taking, working together to create the equilibrium required to maintain the balance of everyday life, set against the backdrop of Hobart's hanging urban landscape.' (Mills)

Weedy Seadragon, Bonsai and Ghost Patrol, 2015

Brooke Street, Hobart

This work is inspired by the weedy seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus). The weedy seadragon forms its habitat in Tasmanian waters including open estuaries and in deeper sheltered reefs.

Yes Mountain, Bonsai and Ghost Patrol, 2015

Victoria Street, Hobart

This work is inspired by the artists' time walking the Overland Track. The work captures the depth of the Tasmanian landscape, adventure and exploration.

Teraform, Tom O'Hern, 2016

Mathers Place, Bathurst Street, Hobart

'Teraform is a weed pushing through a crack. It's some far off jungle. Your mildly disturbed neighbour's overgrown yard. A rogue bacteria clinging to a probe on Mars only to take root and spread. It's a forgotten glass house filled with carnivorous plants stolen from every corner of the earth. An unending radiate plantation. Or maybe just the kind of place where car wrecks go to be swallowed by blackberries and thistles and blackwood and moss.' (O’Hern).