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.
Perhaps more palatable to some is this rendition of the old Olympic Doughnuts van.
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.
If you’re ever at Footscray Station on the footbridge (the one they’re going to have to knock downextend, even though they just built it), and you look towards the east, you’ll see something from a bygone era.
You might just be able to make out the words “Franco Cozzo” on an off-white building in the distance.
Yes, Franco Cozzo still exists, in Brunswick and Footscray, but the perhaps once-grand building (at least in Footscray, where it is called “Franco Cozzo House”, no less) is looking a bit the worse for wear.
It’s not in a great location, either — a bit distant from everything else in Footscray, and on a traffic sewer, with no passing pedestrians and no parking. When I’ve been going past, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a soul going in.
And I haven’t had a look inside myself, as I must confess, that style of furniture just doesn’t appeal to me.
Judging from what can be seen in the window, it’s the same stuff as in the old adverts, which have surfaced on Youtube:
And the man himself (at least as recently as 2006) can still do the spiel: