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Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Na­dia Budi­hardjo

FROM a deli to a fish and chip shop and a res­i­den­tial house, a 1930 build­ing in Vic­to­ria Park is now the can­vas of a 6x6m mu­ral by a Fremantle artist.

Fremantle mu­ral artist Joe Boin fin­ished the mu­ral of an oc­to­pus and a diver on Ber­wick Street on Mon­day last week af­ter four days of work­ing with aerosol paints.

Home­own­ers Matt Drew and Leanne Bishop moved in 11 years ago and found out it was a green gro­cer from old postal records.

Their el­derly neigh­bours in­formed them the build­ing later be­came a fish and chips shop.

Mr Drew said the mu­ral was a homage to the his­tory of the build­ing in ad­di­tion to their per­sonal in­ter­ests.

“We’re both into art, we’re both into wa­ter sports and both into div­ing and fish­ing,” he said.

Mr Boin said the de­tails in­cluded Ms Bishop’s cam­paign for no plas­tic bags, the home­own­ers’ in­ter­est as divers and the build­ing his­tory as a fish and chips shop.

“I’ve done plenty of oc­to­puses be­fore but the fun part was adding the ex­tra lit­tle bits: the Ru­bik’s cube, the lit­tle mes­sage on pol­lu­tion, be­cause it wasn’t in the orig­i­nal de­sign,” he said.

“It adds their per­sonal touch, their own artis­tic in­put in the mu­ral.”

Mr Boin said this was the first time he painted the whole front of a house and in a high-traf­fic area.

“It’s cool to bring that to an in­ner-city sub­urb that is dis­tant from the sea, it’s like bring­ing the sea in,” he said.

“I got lots of beeps from pass­ing cars, thumbs up and pho­tos on so­cial me­dia.”

Ms Bishop said they needed to get coun­cil ap­proval for the mu­ral and the process drew in the neigh­bour­hood pos­i­tively.

“We’ve met neigh­bours we haven’t met be­fore, we’ve had peo­ple post­ing on In­sta­gram,” she said.

Send old pho­tos of the site to south­[email protected]­mu­ni­tynews.com.au.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d489152

Artist Joe Boin, with prop­erty own­ers Matt Drew and Leanne Bishop in the back­ground.

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