‘Once As It Was’ - The Skeleton Creek Mural Project

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Lead Artist: Rich Keville

Assistant Muralist: Bryan Itch

Year: Commissioned by Hobsons Bay City Council in 2020

Location: Underpass section of the Skeleton Creek trail at Point Cook Road, Seabrook

 

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Image credit: Once As It Was - Skeleton Creek Mural Project, Rich Keville, 2021, Underpass section of the Skeleton Creek trail at Point Cook Road, Seabrook. Photograph by Matto Lucas

Description:

Located where the Skeleton Creek trail meets the underpass at Point Cook Rd Seabrook, this mural by artist Rich Keville depicts themes of biodiversity and conservation informed by the Indigenous heritage of the local area.  

Working with students from Seabrook Primary School on text and visual ideas, and with input from Council’s conservation team along with Dean Stewart (Wemba Wemba Wergaia, Lost Lands Found), Rich Keville has created an artwork that adds creativity to the city, while generating conversation on the importance of conserving environment, habitat and culture. 

The artwork was commissioned by Hobsons Bay City Council as part of its public art program. 

An exhibition of the children’s artworks that responds to the themes of the mural are currently on display at Orbital exhibition space until November 2021.

An article about the school's engagement can be found here.

 

 
 Film credit: Matto Lucas

'Once as It Was'  is a short film that documents the journey of the Skeleton Creek Mural Project from concept to completion.

Hear from Rich, Frank Fardell from Council's Conservation and Environment City Services team, Seabrook Primary School Visual art schoolteacher Renee Easson, and Friends of Skeleton Creek Community Group representative Angela Whiffin to learn how Rich engaged the community to develop the projects key messages and design, ensuring it reflected the landscapes and waterways of the past and inspires conversation about the importance of conserving our local environment and culture.

 

Artist statement

Rich Keville of Textura Arts is a Melbourne based artist who works primarily in public spaces. Rich specialises in working creatively with text and his projects usually focus on biodiversity and environmental conservation themes using participatory and Action Research methods. In 2018, Rich graduated from Melbourne University with a Master of Arts and Community Practice.  

Rich has collaborated on the design and painting of the mural with fellow artist Bryan Itch. Rich hopes the mural will continue to inspire those who pass it to both reflect and act to help improve the state of the local environment and to hold an awareness of this ethos in the context of culture and time:

ONCE AS IT WAS : IS – WAS – WILL BE 

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Image credit: Once As It Was - Skeleton Creek Mural Project, Rich Keville, 2021, Underpass section of the Skeleton Creek trail at Point Cook Road, Seabrook. Photograph by Matto Lucas

 

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