Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Art on Building




At 247-249 Collin Street is Newspaper House. When you look up, you will see a beautiful glittering mosaic on the building's facade.

The Newspaper House mosaic was designed by Napier Waller in 1932. Waller was the leading neo-classical mural painter of the period. The mosaic was commissioned as part of a new facade for the original 1884 building. The new facade was designed by architects Stephenson & Meldrum for the Herald and Weekly Times Limited, who had recently acquired building. The theme of the mosaic was suggested by Mr. Theodore Fink, a director of the company, with the text, "Ill put a girdle round about the earth" comes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

It is located at first floor level and is affixed to slate panels fixed to the brickwork with copper dowels. It is in three sections divided by two windows. There are only two other mosaics by Napier Waller, who studied, lived and worked inMelbourne - one in Temple Court, Collins Street and the other at Monash House, William Street.

7 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

This is great!

Au and Target said...

And with strategically placed Christmas glitter bands :-)

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Molto interessante questo disegno !

J Bar said...

That's really interesting.

Gwendolyn L said...

Wonderful photo. Intriging perspective. I enjoyed your history lesson. Thanks for sharing.

EG Wow said...

I'm surprised this art has been here since 1932. It looks to be in pristine condition.

Randy said...

It's very beautiful. But age has a way of bringing that out in things.

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