Located where the Skeleton Creek trail meets the underpass at Point Cook Road Seabrook, this mural by artist Rich Keville depicts themes of biodiversity and conservation informed by the Indigenous heritage of the local area.
Working with students from Seabrook Primary School on text and visual ideas, and with input from Council’s conservation team along with Dean Stewart (Wemba Wemba Wergaia, Lost Lands Found), Rich Keville has created an artwork that adds creativity to the city, while generating conversation on the importance of conserving environment, habitat, and culture.
The artwork was commissioned by Hobsons Bay City Council as part of its public art program.
Rich Keville is a Melbourne-based artist specialising in working creatively with text. Paint, ink, brush, and roller are his primary creative vehicles: Phenomenology and Narrative the theoretical vantage points. Preferring the urban environment to that of the gallery, Rich has marked and painted his way across the streets, train lines, abandoned buildings and in community settings throughout Australia, Asia, and Europe. Research interests and art projects in public spaces he is involved in usually engage themes focussed on environmental conservation, visual literacy, and the aesthetics of written language using participatory and action research techniques.
Orbital is an exhibition space located within the exterior wall of the Aldi supermarket at Central Square in Altona Meadows. The space provides a great opportunity to showcase culture. Local developer Brian Noordenne, Aldi, and Central Square helped to facilitate the arts through sponsoring its program. Each exhibition is locally curated or themed. Curators work with local schools, and community groups. Exhibitions coincide with citywide programs like Art In Public Places. Exhibitions will be rotated three times annually, hence the name Orbital. Exhibitions are curated by Heather Van Heerwaarden. The exhibition display case, fitted with a lighting device that highlights the work on display, has been designed to house both small three-dimensional forms and images.