1 Aug 2017

Amcor Factory Site _ Blue Abstract

Dumpers ravaged by use make a wonderful subject ...



26 Jul 2017

Amcor Factory (The Age article)

Some interesting news re the Amcor factory site, courtesy The Age...


24 Jul 2017

Rone at Amcor Factory (The Omega Project)

Glenvill are currently running an exhibition by Rone at the Amcor Factory site in the last remaining house... It is called The Omega Project ...





The Omega Project
Glenvill are very excited to announce the opening of internationally renowned street artist Rone's latest project at YarraBend.
Over a series of weeks, Melbourne based street artist Rone has transformed the interior of an early 1900s weatherboard house on the YarraBend site into what he describes as a “fantasy film set”. The first of its kind for the artist, the house is part art exhibition, part installation, containing a series of Rone’s signature ‘Jane Doe’ portraits on each of the home’s walls – the striking beauty and intimacy of which provide an uneasy energy amid the brokenness and decay of the abandoned house. Heightening the eerie, cinematic feel of the space, he also teamed up with interior stylist, Carly Spooner to recreate the archetypal mid-century Australian interior landscape.

The Omega Project, which resides at 28 Parkview Rd on the eastern boundary of the YarraBend site, sits all by itself with its neighbouring homes long since bulldozed. From the mid-1950’s to the mid-1980’s the Australian Paper Mills bought and demolished all of the other houses on Parkview Rd to accommodate an expansion that never came. The Dunstone’s, who resided at 28 Parkview Rd, would not sell, and remained living there in isolation for the next three decades. When Glenvill acquired the site in 2013 the family finally offered up the house for sale, but Glenvill CEO Len Warson would not buy it. 89 year old Joe Dunstone operated his plaster business from its back yard, and Len was not prepared to take away an old man’s livelihood. It was only several years later, when Joe was no longer able to work, that Glenvill finally purchased the property.
With  vision to create an innovative new suburb founded on six pillars, one being art and design, it is a priority of Glenvill’s to incorporate art into every phase of the development. Rone was engaged almost immediately, a perfect fit for the dilapidated buildings whose permanence were fleeting. The Omega Project, which Rone describes as a nostalgic representation of the iconic Australian home, will soon be replaced by the new iconic Australian home. It is this continuation of the narrative which almost makes the work more powerful, paying homage to what was before making way for what’s to come.

The beauty of street art is in its impermanence. It almost makes the viewer appreciate it more, knowing that it is there one day and could be gone the next. The Omega Project opens tomorrow, and is set for demolition immediately after at the end of July.

Details:

28 Parkview Rd, Alphington 3078

22nd - 30th July, 12pm - 5pm daily

Free Entry, No Tickets Required





There is a very nice catalogue available and worth purchasing...
Here are some pics from my visit...




15 Jul 2017

28 May 2017

Amcor Factory _ Next Stage

These images have been made on my daily walks near the Amcor Factory in the current pale, wintery light... a staggering amount of earthworks has been taking place and the fate of the old boiler building awaits and the site has now been very substantially cleaned up ...








23 May 2017

A Trip to Bright

I have just returned from a 4 day trip to stay in Bright and explore the surrounding region a bit....

Day 1 ...
On the way I stopped in Euroa and took a drive up the road to Boho (just outside Violet Town), just to get off the highway for a while ...

Euroa

Boho Road

The colours in Bright are just brilliant at this time of year...





Day 2 ...
The following day involved a trip to Mt. Beauty, then the Kiewa Valley Highway, Tawonga Gap Lookout, then through Dederang to Yackendandah, Beechworth and Rutherglen... 

Tawonga Gap
Tawonga Gap
Tawonga Gap
Tawonga Gap
Tawonga Gap





Tawonga
Tawonga

Yackandandah ...





Beechworth....






Stanley...


Woolshed Falls ....









Rutherglen ...








Chiltern ...






This turned out to be a rather long (320 km) and overly ambitious day... 
So much to see up here...



Day 3 ...
Headed to Milewa ... a slower day and fewer kilometres




On the way back a stop off in Wandilagong ...





Back to Bright for a nice walk by the river ...





Here is a pic of the groovy studio we stayed in ...





Day 4 .... 
Back home via the King Valley .... All very beautiful but as it rained heavily all day, it wasn't really photo worthy. Had to give Paradise Falls and Powers Lookout a miss... ah well, maybe next time....