Street art stirs a pot of excitement
From a Blue Jay landing on a giant skeleton to a young plaited girl blowing bubbles, crowds are flocking to snap a selfie of Frankston’s street art scene.
In the lead up to Big Picture Fest 2019, nine new walls in and around the centre of the city of Frankston, Victoria, were transformed with provoking murals from local, national and international artists.
To show off these creative feats, Frankston City Council launched personalised street art walking tours for Big Picture Fest which sold out so quickly, they were made a regular fixture.
Now locals and tourists alike can visit every second Sunday and see for themselves why Frankston has earned its reputation as a must-visit destination for arts and culture.
Since March 22, hundreds of people have weaved through Frankston’s back streets and laneways, exploring the city in this cool new way.
The 90 minute tours typically run every second Sunday of the month. All tours include 26 works in total, from the 2018 and 2019 festivals. Tours are priced from $10 per person, including a hot drink from a local café.
Frankston City Mayor, Michael O’Reilly, said the street art tours were a stunning way to get up close and personal with the artists, their story and the city.
“These murals have given Frankston City not only a burst of colour, but a burst of life, celebrating Frankston urban bayside culture.
“The walking tours are receiving rave reviews from both residents and visitors and not surprisingly, there is so much to see and learn about the inspiration behind each artist’s work.”
The Big Picture Fest was overseen by Brecknock Consulting and Joel Van Moore, the creator of the popular Port Adelaide Wonderwalls Festival.
Big Picture Fest is funded through Council’s Street Art Masterplan, part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to revitalise Frankston City and Frankston City Council’s laneway activation initiatives.