City becomes a canvas

Tom Gerrard with his mural in Werribee. Photo by Damjan Janevski.

By Alesha Capone

Two new murals are brightening the streets in Werribee’s city centre.

Street artist Ghostpatrol (AKA David Booth) has painted a mural, which references the You Yangs, at 143 Watton Street.

A second artist, Tom Gerrard, has turned a laneway near 70 Watton Street into an artwork depicting a row of houses and shops, including local buildings.

Wyndham’s arts, culture and heritage portfolio holder Cr Tony Hooper said it was a boon for Wyndham to attract two such well-known street artists.

“Ghostpatrol has an international reputation as a leading street artist while also having his artwork adorn the walls of the National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House and even the TATE Modern,” Cr Hooper said.

“Tom Gerrard is a western suburbs local who is well known for painting some of the area’s most iconic and loved street murals.”

Cr Hooper said that the new artworks would add a touch of quirkiness to Werribee’s CBD.

“It’s so exciting to see these amazing artworks bring more life and colour to the Werribee city centre – I’m sure plenty of people will be snapping selfies with them for years to come,” he said.

“It is also an important part of council’s plan to make the Werribee City Centre a more vibrant and exciting place, which is exactly why council commissioned these two new artworks with the agreement of local businesses, building owners and the Wyndham Business and Tourism Association.”