by Mel McVee

Succeed in Absence

Image: Jacqueline Warwick                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Artist: Mel McVee

Location: Errichetti Place, Northbridge

Memorabilia Displays: Council House Foyer | City of Perth Library (Feb – Apr)

In February 2017 the City of Perth commissioned local artist Mel McVee to create a new mural on a large wall behind The Game Sports bar, facing onto Errichetti Place in Northbridge.

The City’s Waste and Cleansing unit initiated the project after noticing the wall and bins lining the street were being repeatedly hit by graffiti.  The City called for expressions of interest from artists to create a work that would help prevent graffiti and explore the themes of waste management, environment and sustainability.

Mel McVee has a cartographic background of creating maps for the environment industry.  Her concept for this work is centred on the idea of a layered history of social, architectural and environmental factors that have shaped the current day Northbridge.

Much of the design is based on images sourced from the State Library of WA, including children collecting items to be recycled and reused for the war effort.  Also incorporated are images of Perth’s rubbish trucks throughout the ages, lost architecture and local flora and fauna.

On Saturday 4th March an event will be held in Errichetti Place to celebrate this new work and the community are invited to help paint a section of the mural.

Items from the City of Perth’s memorabilia and local history collections relating to the themes of the mural will be on display in the foyer of Council House and City of Perth Library until April.



Date: Monday 6 March - Friday 7 April 2017.

Library opening hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am to 6 pm; Saturday 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 4 pm (closed public holidays)

Council House opening hours: Monday - Friday, 8.30 am to 5 pm (closed public holidays)

To celebrate Mel McVee’s mural Succeed in Absence, select items from the City of Perth’s Cultural Heritage Collection are on display in the City of Perth Library (ground floor) and the Council House foyer. These items resonate with the themes and imagery in McVee’s mural and provide a glimpse into the City’s historic relationship with waste.  In the Library there are a number of ‘mysterious’ bottles on display that were unearthed from Ozone Reserve in 2003 that we would like more information about, so if you’re a keen bottle collector be sure not to miss this display.

Fore more information email or phone 08 9461 3522.