Franco Cozzo mural in Footscray

Despite news last year that Franco Cozzo’s Footscray building is up for sale, it appears the store is sticking around for now.
Franco Cozzo store, Footscray, June 2015

Recently I noticed work being done on a mural on the eastern side of the building…
Franco Cozzo mural being painted, Footscray, May 2015

Now completed, it looks rather splendid.
Franco Cozzo mural, Footscray, June 2015
(See this larger)

Note the roller door, which when closed, shows Franco’s words from the ad “Grand Sale! Grand Sale!”
Franco Cozzo mural, Footscray, June 2015
(See this larger)

A couple of weeks ago, the man himself posed in front of it. (Source: Maribyrnong Leader)
Franco Cozzo poses with mural, May 2015 (Maribyrnong Leader)

Further along the same street is more street art celebrating local landmarks, including a Hitachi train (tagged, alas) and you might notice a small tribute to “Sinch”, who was electrocuted while train surfing.
Mural, Footscray, June 2015

Perhaps more palatable to some is this rendition of the old Olympic Doughnuts van.
Olympic Doughnuts, mural, Footscray, June 2015

There’s actually a fair bit of street art around Footscray and the inner-west; it’s worth looking out for if you’re in the area. Here’s a piece I spotted in Yarraville recently.
Street art, Yarraville

Photos from November 2004

Continuing my series of old photos from ten years ago

Southern Cross Station under construction. The bridge with yellow on the right is the Collins Street extension, so this must have been snapped from close to where Etihad Stadium is. Note the “Park and Ride” sign, a misguided attempt to get people to drive most of the way into the city, then catch a tram to work. This might become prevalent again when CBD and Docklands trams become free.
Southern Cross Station under construction (November 2004)

Port of Melbourne. I must have looked a bit suspicious taking photos, but the sight of containers stacked up (always empty when stacked like this, I’m told) must have caught my eye. You can see the Melbourne Central tower in the distance.
Port of Melbourne (November 2004)

Lee Lin Chin from SBS News on my old Loewe CRT television. Original X-Box in the cabinet, along with VCR and other old equipment. It’s only a few months ago that I got rid of the brown speakers… they went on Freecycle to a lady whose housemate uses hi-fi odds and ends to build “new” (retro!) systems for his friends. This photo was snapped for my here is my series of photos back then.
Ye olde CRT TV (November 2004)

Street art in Prahran. Authorised? Not sure. Naturally it was the trains (Hitachi and Harris) that caught my eye. The Nylex sign also features.
Street art, Prahran  (November 2004)

Even in the “dark years” between 1996 and 2005, there was Doctor Who merchandise around the place. I’m betting this wasn’t authorised. It was also in Prahran somewhere.
Toy Dalek (November 2004)

Can you combine street art, classic video games and a Melbourne street map? Yes!

Can you combine street art, classic video games and a Melbourne street map?

Yes!

Pac-man: street art map

CDH Art: “Using the familiar street art motif of retro gaming, I created a walking guide-map to Melbourne’s street art.”

Street art near Richmond station

Noticeable from the train near Richmond station is this street art/mural, with its distinctive image of a man and the “RIP Dad” markings. The other week I got a chance to take a closer look. You can just make out the small print: James Patrick Beatie 1933-2010, which matches this short bio.

Richmond street art

On the opposite wall, the train viaduct, is another mural, with heaps of detail to look at:

Richmond mural
(See it bigger)

And if you’re wondering, yes, it does appear to have official approval:

Richmond mural

Hidden gems

There’s vandalism, and then there’s street art.

Some have trouble distinguishing them, but for me, it’s not hard to see that these hidden gems in Finlay Lane (off Little Lonsdale Street, near Queen Street) are clearly the latter.

Street art, Finlay Lane, Melbourne

Street art, Finlay Lane, Melbourne

Street art, Finlay Lane, Melbourne

Street art, Finlay Lane, Melbourne

Street art, Finlay Lane, Melbourne

Well worth a look, if you’re passing (and you can find it!)