The Strand Map mural
The mural on the Strand is one of the south coast’s most vibrant public art murals. Refreshingly different with a nod to old-school English traditional style, it has masses of vibrancy and dynamism, and plenty of distinctive detail which illustrates over 800 years of Portsea Island history.
Creation of this mural required a great deal of experience to get right as there are many ways to paint an exterior mural depending on the surface, location, and budget. There are many considerations such as the substrate, materials, weatherproofing varnish and the ability to fit in with the environment. This was painted on a south facing gable end wall, facing direct sunlight most of the day and just a few hundred yards from the beach and its salty sea air.
Strand Map mural – first stage
Here is a before and after comparison of the site as it was in 1996, and with the first Map mural which was completed in 1998 (but which suffered from damage in 2009).
Second stage and today
Following the render damage in 2009, the mural was completly redone in 2010. This slider below shows a comparison between the early stage and how it looked once completed.