A statement piece

Street artist Julian Clavijo. Picture: Sebastian @cocoelfotografo 228292_01

Internationally-renowned street artist Julian Clavijo will paint a new street art mural in the Hoppers Junction Precinct, as part of Wyndham council’s COVID-recovery strategy.

The council has commissioned the large-scale artwork to be created on an exterior wall opposite Powell Drive Reserve.

Clavijo will begin working on the mural this week, with the piece expected to be complete by mid-March.

Clavijo is known for his colourful realist paintings which explore themes of childhood joy, curiosity and innocence.

Wyndham mayor Adele Hegedich said the mural would give a new look and feel to the Hoppers Junction area, and provide another incentive for people to support local businesses.

“Council has previously done murals as part of placemaking and always try to work closely with the businesses when we do so,” said Cr Hegedich.

“Public art is an important part of creating vibrant, liveable and prosperous places.

“It remains a council priority and we will continue to work with businesses and artists to achieve more beautiful outcomes.

“The Hoppers Junction precinct is a must-do this summer, with relaxed alfresco dining and new street art to come and see.”

Cr Hegedich said the council has also supported activations and events such as the Summer Symphony and West End Experience, as part of collaborative initiatives to help businesses and jobs in Wyndham.

The activations also include parklets, temporary cycle routes and pop-up parks at Point Cook, Williams Landing and Soho Village.

Hoppers Junction business owner, Aimee Helu from the Jock and Mack cafe, has welcomed the mural initiative.

“The mural design which has been curated for the area will become the statement piece of Hoppers Junction,” Ms Helu said.

“We are also excited for the community of Woodville to have such a beautiful piece of artwork at their doorstep.

“We encourage everyone to come down, grab your phones and blow up Insta with your mural pictures using #hoppersjunction.”