Snap Scene: Molly Meldrum Statue unveiling, Wangaratta Street Park, Richmond. 25th September 2018

The launch of the Molly Meldrum statue by Louis Laumen and Wall of Music mural by 23rd Key from at the newly upgraded Wangaratta Street Park to celebrate these artworks that celebrate Australian music.

These installations are a special tribute to Richmond music legend Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum AM and were made possible by a $40,000 Creative Victoria grant towards public artworks that celebrate Australian music, as well as funds raised through an Australian Cultural Fund campaign.

The project was instigated by Meldrum’s long-time friend and supporter Ralph Carr.

Louis Laumen, an acclaimed Melbourne-based artist will install the life-sized bronze statue of local music identity Molly Meldrum in Wangaratta Street Park behind the Corner Hotel.

Internationally renowned for having promoted the careers of emerging musicians, Meldrum has lived in his Egyptian-themed house in Richmond for almost 40 years. Among many things, he is celebrated for his role as the presenter of Countdown which aired from 1974 to1987.

A Creative Victoria ‘Rockin’ The Laneways’ grant has built on this project by supporting a mural for the park that will tell the story of local music.

The ‘Wall of Music’ mural, by artist 23rd Key depicts a sea of hands of adoring music fans at the Corner Hotel, flanked by gig posters. This mural was installed on Friday 17 August

23rd Key is a renowned Melbourne based artist who creates photo-realistic stencil artworks. 23rd Key was selected and commissioned after an initial concept design phase, and has worked with the Corner Hotel’s photographer in residence to choose a crowd scene which has formed the basis of the mural.

About Mary Boukouvalas 1084 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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