Sunday, September 12, 2021

Pandemic Mural, Melbourne

A mural by two artists, Melissa Turner and Brigitte Dawson, from Melbourne’s Murals and Interior Design, caught my eye in an article in the Guardian. In 2020, these artists did several murals illustrating a view of the pandemic and the response to it. This one is on the wall of a Cole's supermarket (source).

Caption from the Guardian:
"A woman passes under the words ‘#physicaldistancing’ in a mural based on Michelangelo's The Creation
of Adam, in Melbourne, Australia. Photograph: Michael Currie/Speed Media/Rex/Shutterstock" (source)

Another view of the mural: "The Creation of #physicaldistancing." (source)
A quote by the artists:
“In times of great uncertainty, it’s refreshing when we can turn to creativity and the power of art to help reiterate the importance of remaining safe and doing our part to flatten the COVID-19 curve." (source)
I love art parodies: though I mostly collect images of the Mona Lisa, I have quite a few images that make use of Michelangelo's famous creation image from the Sistine Chapel, and others as well. In the last year and a half, as the pandemic ravaged the world, I've seen quite a few Mona Lisa parodies and murals about masks and the pandemic -- a google search offers many of them. Here's a good one, just for fun:

"Mona Lisa Corona Covid" (source)

When I saw the "Creation" mural depicted in the Guardian, I wanted to share it with the many lovers of murals and street art who share their finds at Sami's blog each Monday (which is Sunday where I live). Maybe some of the participants who live in Melbourne have seen this mural -- if they have already shared it with the group, I'm sorry that I missed their posts!

16 comments:

Lynn said...

These are great! Thanks for sharing them!

Lynn said...

These look great! Street art can be so amazing! Thank you for sharing!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

LOVE them both. Signs of the times. The ONE time this month I was on time, Sami is nowhere to be found.

kwarkito said...

Tous deux sont magnifiques !!!

Anne in the kitchen said...

Thank you for sharing. I love art parodies also.

Bellezza said...

Those pieces of famous art, rendered for today’s pandemic needs, made me smile.

dee Nambiar said...

Art especially Street Art can send some very loud messages. Nice to see these. Thank you for sharing these interesting pieces of art. :)

Have a good week, Mae.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com) said...

I had seen the Mona Lisa one but not the mural from Melbourne. So thanks for sharing it.

Bertiebo said...

It is a beautiful picture of the time and very well executed

Iris Flavia said...

Great ones. I woke dreaming of hearing of Covid in the news.
How long will this go on.
Great way to deal with it that way.
Here, sadly, too many people forget or don´t understand DISTANCE is the key.

Sami said...

Great murals Mae, I hadn't seen either of them.
Thanks for participating in Monday Murals.

DVArtist said...

WOW!

Linda said...

Brilliant look at the pandemic. I thought by now it would be over.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

It's great to see this kind of creativity used to illustrate the seriousness of the pandemic and to encourage responsible behaviour. Sadly, for some, far too many in fact, nothing is going to cause them to be responsible.

Johanna GGG said...

Thanks for sharing these - love the melbourne mural but at the moment it is too far outside my 10km limits to visit so am glad I can see it here. The mona lisa one is great. I heard today about some interesting historic pictures from Australia during the spanish flu pandemic with gum leaves for masks - https://www.naa.gov.au/learn/learning-resources/learning-resource-themes/health-and-welfare/epidemics-and-quarantine/may-gibbs-illustrations-public-health-poster

Mae Travels said...

Thanks Johanna — that’s a very interesting historical poster about masks in the Spanish Flu epidemic 100 years ago.