Mural
Art
Placemaking

Home Sweet Home is a satellite mural project undertaken by Art-Work Agency, commissioned by Bleach Festival in 2015.

In developing this work, our aim was to tie into the 2015 Bleach* themes of sharing stories and meeting places. The outcome was a three piece mural stretching from Nobby’s Beach to Southport on the Gold Coast, designed to both share our personal story and to become iconic for the Gold Coast.

 
Artist statement:
“A sense of ‘home’ is tied to much more than just a physical dwelling.
Home is created around us, sometimes by our own choosing, sometimes out of necessity, and sometimes completely by accident.
Home Sweet Home explores notions of finding and creating home, by embracing the power of typography in creating local identity and capturing the character of a time and place. The work was produced in the weeks leading up to, and during Bleach* Festival, and ties into key themes of sharing stories and meeting places.
The mural stretches over three sites, each with its own personal significance to the artists in finding their ‘home’. Starting at Southport and dotted through Mermaid and Nobby’s Beach, Home Sweet Home demonstrates that whilst our physical dwellings come and go, the community we create around us resonates within our hearts long after.”

Feedback from Gold Coast residents

Mike Calvino Thoughtful. Inspiring. Engaging. Strong. Proud. Becoming and establishing at the same time. We, as residents of the city, are thankful.

Sarah Huston Refreshingly unpretentious and easy to relate to and associate with.

Sharna Martorella I have always loved the walls in Bondi where locals get a chance to showcase their skills and then they get shared and hashtagged all over social media because they are such a great backdrop for a tourist photo. Your mural reminds me of that!

Tamika Keioskie I think it gives a great sense of unity across slightly contrasting areas. I can't help but to smile and feel inspired whenever I pass them; the colours used are quite calming and refreshing at the same time. I am looking forward to seeing what is next! x

Troy Sizer Love the murals. I think it is fantastic how they unite the coastal stretch. Great sense of pride and ownership of our great city. Sometimes I think we forget how blessed we really are. Initiatives like this are a great reminder. We need more of this!

Home Sweet Home demonstrates that whilst our physical dwellings come and go, the community we create around us resonates within our hearts long after.