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Arts in Greater Dandenong

Arts in Greater Dandenong

Upside-Down by Julian Clavijo

“Upside-Down” is inspired by notions of childhood reminding us to embrace the ‘child like’ feeling that resides in all people and to view the world through a child’s eye; filled with natural happiness, an innate sense of innocence and spontaneity. This temporary installation by Julian Clavijo has transformed the otherwise unattractive United Energy sub-station located at the Warwick Avenue car park in Springvale.

The work titled 'Upside-Down' is a pedestrian focussed work that seeks to engage with people as they arrive at one of Springvale's more popular car parking destinations in Warwick Avenue. The work spotlights an otherwise undervalued and unattractive site of the United Energy substation and transforms it into the jewel in the crown within the car park.

Strategically the installation addresses a key placemaking objective to strengthen connections for pedestrians between retail precincts and future development sites within Springvale Activity Centre.

The artwork involved local Springvale Rise Primary School Students by being the subject of the fun portraits and through painting part of the mural alongside the artist. The installation titled “Upside-Down” is inspired by notions of childhood reminding us to embrace the ‘child like’ feeling that resides in all people and to view the world through a child’s eye; filled with natural happiness, an innate sense of innocence and spontaneity.

The work will be in place for two years and will support the revitalisation of Post Office Lane.