Victoria University has commissioned renowned street artist Baby Guerrilla to add another giant mural to its Footscray Park Campus to reinforce its commitment to public art and its vision to reinvigorate Footscray as a ‘university town’.
Connections, a 15-metre-high work depicting an African woman and a young boy defying gravity while holding hands, will be unveiled on Monday 20 July in the Building P Courtyard.
Baby Guerrilla is becoming increasingly famous for her large-scale yet intimate ‘paste-up’ art now breathing new life into neglected spaces and bland walls, particularly around Melbourne’s west.
She says that Connections is designed to recognise the inter-connectedness of all humanity.
“It shows we all are linked and have the power to lift each other up and change the world for the better, no matter who we are or what we do,” she said.
“It is also designed to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution of immigrants to our vibrant and diverse community here in Footscray and Australia.”
Connections is the second of Baby Guerrilla’s work to adorn VU’s Footscray Park Campus. Her first was unveiled in early 2014 and portrays an African woman soaring six storeys high on VU’s engineering building on Ballarat Road.
Both works are part of Footscray University Town, a joint 10-year project of Victoria University and the Maribyrnong City Council to nurture, promote and integrate the renaissance in art, education, sport, and innovation now taking place in the region.
The media are invited to attend the unveiling, but as Baby Guerrilla believes that art should be set free from the personal identity of the artist, she asks that she is only referred to by her artist name, and that any photos of her do not show her face.
What: Unveiling of Connections by Baby Guerrilla
Where: Victoria University, Footscray Park Campus, Building P Courtyard
Date and time: Monday 20 July, 2015. 10am—11am
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