Wall of Music

Image of the wall of music
Wall of Music
Wall of Music detail
Wall of Music Crowd

Wall of Music was commissioned by the City of Yarra in 2018 in conjunction with an upgrade of Wangaratta Park, to enhance the area as a significant musical and entertainment precinct and to compliment other public artworks in the park.

The launch of the mural coincided with the commission of a sculpture of Melbourne’s much-loved music legend Molly Meldrum by artist Louis Laumen.

The Wall of Music mural depicts a sea of hands of adoring music fans at the Corner Hotel, flanked by gig posters. Artist 23rd Kay says: ‘I came up with a number of different concepts for the Wall of Music. Given that it's such a huge part of Melbourne's Cultural fabric, it was challenging to think of one static image or way to represent it.’ 

‘I thought that representing the Melbourne music scene with a crowd photo sourced by local live music and event photographer, Ian Laidlaw and paying homage to event posters by local acts would be a great way to achieve a finished artwork that represented a 'Wall of Music' for Melbourne.’

The resulting mural focuses on different aspects of the live music scene Melbourne is known for and celebrates the crowds and supporters.

‘We can all relate to the energy of a packed out band room. It was really a simple idea, but one that gets it’s point across quite clearly; we’re a city that loves its live music events.’
23rd Key is a renowned Melbourne based stencil artist who creates photo-realistic stencil artworks. 23rd Key was selected and commissioned after an initial concept design phase. 

The City of Yarra received a Creative Victoria ‘Rockin’ The Laneways’ grant to support the creation of a mural for Wangaratta Park.

See also the statue of Ian 'Molly' Meldrum

More information
23rd Key

Photos by Bernie Phelan.


Looking to raise funds for your Arts and Culture project or event?New mural celebrates Aboriginal culture in Gertrude StreetArts and Heritage Collection Policy ReviewMore than $460,000 in grants awarded to arts over 2 years through 2020-21 Engage and Creative Yarra Yarra Community Awards: Nominations now openNew Arts and Cultural Strategy DevelopmentRegistrations now open for the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival"OPEN CALL !" Bus Projects 2020-20212018 Annual Grants OpenArtist in Residence expressions of interest now openRoom to Create UpdateYarra's latest Pick Me Up guide is now availableGertrude Street Projection Festival Program Announced!Street dreams are made of ... ?2020 Annual Grants Open : Grant Information SessionsMural artwork in YarraExpressions of interest for Tigers mural on your propertyArtist extends iconic mural in FitzroyThe Stolen Generations Marker Molly Meldrum Statue and the Wall of Music MuralPeel Street Park Projection ProgramKyoko ImazuJeremy BlincoeNarelle CridlandSiri HayesElizaveta MaltsevaMalcolm McKinnonJosh MuirGeorgia RobenstoneMartine CoromptSalote TawaleAngela TiatiaPeel Street Park ProjectionsMasterclass in Projection ArtCall for visual artistsWayfind at Emely BakerCLOSED 2019 City of Yarra Exhibition Program Expressions of InterestYarra welcomes arts organisation West Space with $30K grantFringe Furniture 33 - Registrations are Open2020 Annual Grant applications closing soonYarra's latest Pick Me Up guide is now availableStolen Generations Marker: Remember Me by Reko RennieCelebration Dreaming at Charcoal LaneWilderness on Wellington; a new mural in Clifton HillYarra receives a $40,000 Creative Victoria grantMolly immortalisedA new mural for Fitzroy crechePrint Council of Australia Print Commission 2018Print Council of Australia: The Ursula Hoff Essay for Imprint submissions openApply to be part of SEVENTH gallery's' exhibition and emerging writers programAustralian National Brooch Showun Projects is now calling for proposalsRoom to Create Artist-in-Residency ProgramROI Art PrizeUn Projects writer in residenceSEVENTH Gallery eliminate exhibition feesJill Orr featured in Freshwater/Saltwater ExhibitionRoom to Create Charitable Fund Strategic Grant - Applications Extended to 13 February 2019Next Wave 2020: A Government of ArtistsSmall Project Grant: Ichikawa Edwards SEVENTH Call for ProposalsArtist-in-Residence: Muhubo SuliemanArtbank Melbourne open houseManaging graffiti in YarraSpotlight on Drop Zone: an artwork by Troy Innocent, Joel Collins, Indae Hwang, Yun Tae NamLaunch of a Marker for the Stolen GenerationsWomens Art Register to publish 30th anniversary editions of The BulletinSEVENTH gallery Career Arcs conversation series2018 Keir Choreographic Award winner announcedBus Projects x Collingwood CollegeMore Room to Create : Q44 Theatre CompanyApplications are now open for the 2020 Keir Choreographic AwardExpressions of interest now open for Yarra's 2020 exhibition programThe Yarra Youth Services Artist in Residence ProgramLaunch of Molly Meldrum statue and Wall of Music muralA new mural for Nicholson VillageNew Life Given To Old Library BookendsNext Wave projects feature in the City of YarraWomen's Art Register Slide Rehousing ProjectCreative Yarra Multi Year Funding survey now openCasting Off Winners at Edinburgh Fringe2019 Annual Grants awardedENGAGE and CREATIVE Yarra Multi Year funding now openThe inaugural DRAW THE BAND Competition winner! Leaps and BoundsUltravox Choir Expressions of Interest are openSidesault at the Melba seeking EOIsJoin the Yarra City Arts News