At just six, little Arden Watson-Cropley is well on his way to becoming “Fitzroy famous”.
- The 20-storey mural is the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere
- Artist Matt Adnate hopes the artwork brings pride to residents of the housing flats
- The work follows widespread success of silo art across Australia
The grade one student’s face is hard to miss as it stares out towards the city, painted across multiple levels of the Collingwood public housing block where he lives.
The 20-storey mural is the tallest ever painted on a building in the Southern Hemisphere, and once completed, will feature the faces of four residents who hail from three continents.
Looking down from above Arden is Badria Abdo, an Oromo woman from Ethiopia, who arrived in Australia in 2006 after more than seven years in a Kenyan refugee camp.
“When I saw my picture here I was very excited, I’m very happy,” she said.