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Queens Way Mural January 22, 2016

Posted by jaagstkilda in News.
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Exciting new Mural on Queens Way fills a graffiti hotspot

Yorm Bopha - ‘Write for Rights 2015 Mural Project’

Yorm Bopha – ‘Write for Rights 2015 Mural Project’ (double click to enlage this image).

by Mike Sabey
Two well known street artists with the support of Port Phillip Council and Arrow Health have completed a major mural work tying in with the international day for “Write for Rights” on a former graffiti hot spot facing Queens Way.

The mural depicts the struggle of Cambodian land rights activist Yorm Bopha noted for her opposition to a major development around her beloved Boeung Kak Lake, that saw more than 20,000 residents being displaced.
She stood firm against the company that had gained a 99 year lease and was sentenced in 2012 to three years’ imprisonment for “intentional violence with aggravating circumstances” that lead to several human rights groups to protest on her behalf.
After more than 250,000 people wrote letters to the government protesting her innocence, in November 2013, the Cambodian Supreme Court released Bopha on bail ordering that her case be further investigated and re-tried.

Melbourne artist Kaff-eine as part of the ‘Write for Rights 2015 Mural Project’ has collaborated with fellow local artist Adnate to create the huge mural celebrating Yorm Bopha’s journey. Their colourful and high impact mural facing Queens Way has been painted on a rear wall of Arrow Health Addiction Services Centre, located at 129 Wellington Street, St Kilda. Its accessible on foot by path and Council is treating the finished work with a sealant to prevent vandalism.
Kaff-eine is a Melbourne-based street and contemporary artist, who since 2010 has garnered a strong following among Australian and international street art lovers and art collectors, who are drawn to her illustrative freehand style, delicate line work, and quiet melancholic characters.
Adnate is a Melbourne artist who realizes his portraits in spray paint have moved past his earlier graffiti roots utilizing the medium to carry his realist style into the fine art realm.
We commend the team behind creating and delivering this local fine art initiative, which Jaag members hope will be enjoyed for years to come.
More: Mural being painted: https://vimeo.com/149212802    More info http://www.amnesty.org.au/features/comments/38552/

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