Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Port Phillip Arcade Mural

Port Phillip Arcade was designed by architect JFW Ballantyne and completed in 1961. Located at 228-236 Flinders Street, Melbourne it is an exemplary example of architecture from this era. Internally the arcade had major alterations made during the 1990's but the original mid-century mural signage still remains on the facade.

Created by Charles Bush, the facade features a stylised King Neptune/Seahorse holding a trident. This semi-figurative metal sculpture is positioned in front of a tile mosaic featuring a star motif.

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is hopeful that the Charles Bush sculpture will be conserved and incorporated into the new Melbourne Metro Rail Project (MMRP) Flinders Gate Precinct design.