Three cheers for civic pride

Tucked into a curve of the Ovens River near the town of Myrtleford, is a shady picnic ground sponsored by the Apex Club.

p1010739

p1010741

There are about a dozen tables and benches scattered in the area.

There are about a dozen tables and benches scattered in the area.

There is a toilet block that was made from unpainted utilitarian concrete blocks. Someone made a decision, and provided the money, to turn the building into a work of art. 

Here’s what it looks like now.

p1010742

These are the entries to the male and female toilets.

p1010732

Gum blossoms bloom on the concrete blocks.

More gum blossoms, of a different variety, grace the other entry.

More gum blossoms, of a different variety, grace the other entry.

 

A salute to the tobacco growing past in the region: drying kilns

A salute to the tobacco growing past in the region: drying kilns

On the other end of the building, there is an electric barbeque. The artists have provided a backdrop of Lake Buffalo to go with the task of grilling sausages, steak, etc.

p1010735

Now,  can someone identify this native bird?

p1010737

Myrtleford is lucky, in that the level of graffiti is relatively minor. So this little building in the park will hopefully remain a source of pride to those who were responsible for its beautification.

A big thank you to the artists, and to whoever had the foresight to enable this work to be done.

Advertisements

75 Comments

Filed under Australia

75 responses to “Three cheers for civic pride

  1. The bird’s actually a regent honey-eater, Xanthomyza phrygia, and its range is from northern NSW/QLD border down the east coast strip to north-eastern VIC. Sorry, I’m a bit of a bird fan… Love the scenic loos, maybe I’ll get to visit them some day…

    Like

  2. This is lovely post. I enjoyed very much those art photos – very cool. Thank You.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. What a super place! Do people go there from miles around just to visit the toilets? Just tweeted it.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Happy March to you, Yvonne! Hope you are doing well and enjoying this new month! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I came to the party late
    is there any wine left

    Liked by 1 person

  6. That’s fantastic! I love public art like that

    Liked by 1 person

  7. This place is a dreamland and a lot of creativity has been needed for the decoration of the building.
    Thank to share this with us , Yvonne
    Love ❤
    Michel

    Liked by 1 person

  8. That’s one lovely lavatory story, Yvonne! 🙂 💜 Jackie@KWH

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I love this!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ralph is right!
    I hope you check out my street art blog graffitiluxandmurals.com
    I will send you the link to my other blog in another comment. _Resa

    Liked by 1 person

  10. What a beautiful peaceful place!
    And the artists added to the beauty! Way to go, artists!
    (Public facilities are necessary and appreciated, but often do the opposite of add beauty.)
    HUGS!!! 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  11. Glad to see you writing, Yvonne! This is a really beautiful …. um…. toilet. But for a mural, a wall is a wall, no? And picnic grounds as well. Neat.

    Liked by 1 person

    • I went back today, to check the facilities, as requested by m’lord. The council gardeners were out mowing the grass to keep it all tidy.

      I’ll be writing more in a few weeks when my feet hit Italian soil again. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  12. meravigliosi fiori che accendono di colore angoli deliziosi
    bel reportage
    felice notte

    Liked by 1 person

  13. What a heart-warming undertaking to transform a building like that. It has cheered me, thanks for showing us.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Rob C

    Yvonne, wow. What a colourful return to blogging, hope you’re well?

    Like

  15. wonderful to see civic pride in their park. not all towns are so lucky

    Like

  16. Barbara Bickley

    Really beautiful paintings. It gives a whole new meaning to the word “graffiti”.

    Like

  17. Brilliant ! It’s so well painted, almost camouflaged, probably difficult to find in an emergency. lol.
    I have any blogging friend, Resa in Canada, who I am sure would love to do a guest post with you Ebor (YVONNE !). She would love these walls.
    .
    https://graffitiluxandmurals.com/g-lines/
    .
    Big hug. ❤

    Like

  18. Now that’s what I call a toilet block! How beautiful. Nice to see you again, Yvonne and how exciting to have your trip to Italy coming up fast.

    Like

  19. That’s quite a convenience

    Like

  20. I must come and visit. It looks well worth the trip.

    Like

  21. How wonderful! There should be much more of this type of thing. Public toilets in Italy are practically non existent and you would certailnly never see anything like this. I am in glorious Tuscany right now in beautiful winter weather.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. As an aside Yvonne, I love your ‘Font’, what is it , if I may be so bold. I suppose it comes with the theme you use, or have you worked out how to improve on the rubbish that WordPress throws at us by way of ‘Fonts’? 😦

    Liked by 1 person

  23. It would be an absolute joy,when, to be in need of a lavatory, one should come across one such as this, what pleasant memories it would instill. That, of course, is on the assumption that the inside, is as glorious as the out!

    Liked by 1 person

  24. The artist he dunny good. (Non-Australasian followers might not get this pun!) Can one sit enthroned and use the BBQ at the same time?

    Liked by 2 people

  25. absolutely a gem—and a far cry from what I’ve seen in Rome….eh? 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Caroline

    How nice! Do people swim in the river? It looks very tempting.

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Albert Hickson

    I was beginning to think you were suffering from writer’s block, Yvonne, but now I see it was only a toilet block.

    Liked by 2 people

  28. Great work of art and civic pride. The bird is…bower bird.

    Liked by 1 person

Now it's your turn

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s