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About the artwork

Subiaco was built on a Sunday was commissioned as part of the city’s Strategic Public Art Master Plan Works for Walls program that seeks to brighten up city walls in Subiaco. It also ties into Laneway activation as part of the city’s Economic Development Strategy.

Designed by Mel McVee, the nine metre artwork reflects the local history of retail in the area, identifying the town centre as a social hub for the community. The design also references a number of original shops in the area, celebrating the local store as the centre point of community life.

Mel’s submission was selected from three shortlisted artworks, and caught the attention of the city’s Public Art Reference Group for her unique way of involving the community in the project. Find out more about Paint by numbers below. 

Paint by numbers

During the completion of the artwork, Mel McVee invited the community to come along to a number of paint by numbers community involvement sessions, where more than fifty community members assisted with painting the bright and colourful mural.


The artwork took around six weeks to complete, and the artwork was finished in mid-June 2016. 

About the artist

MelMcVeeWant to find out more about the artist behind the Subiaco was built on a Sunday mural? Here’s five things you may not have known about Mel McVee.

  1. Mel has created over twenty-five murals in Perth over the past four years.
  2. Mel graduated with a Fine Arts degree from Curtin University, majoring in sculpture which feeds her other passion of creating small welded kinetic machines.
  3. Mel is a cartographer and her mural style strongly reflects the lines and colour she uses in her maps.
  4. Mel operates a community art group called The Laneway Collective, whose first project involved painting a 150 metre residential laneway in Mount Lawley with more than thirty other street artists.   
  5. Mel was accepted into the Kalamunda Gifted and Talented Visual Art Program during High School which was an extra-curricular program teaching multiple artistic disciplines every Saturday morning.