In July 2016 I designed and painted a thirty odd meter long Pinocchio themed mural for italian restaurant ‘Son of a Pizzaiolo’ in Thornbury (Melbourne). After some discussion with brothers Frank and Roque Romano at SOP we were on the same page with the basic criteria of making a subtle reference to their italian heritage while also showcasing some playful and vibrant imagery. The guys suggested Pinocchio as a theme and were happy to let me do my own spin on it. After reading the original Pinocchio story by Carlo Collodi, I was completely inspired by the bizarre and surreal nature of this old tale and began sketching ideas immediately. I ended up fitting most of the characters from this (character packed!) story into the mural, with Pinocchio staring at his hand as he transforms into a ‘real boy’ as the centre-piece.

The mural is located on the Blythe street wall of Son of a Pizzaiolo restaurant at 875 High street Thornbury.

Here is a music video of the finished mural, and below are multiple images of the finished work, detail shots, images of the original design as well as progress shots – enjoy!

1

 


final_design

section1

section2

section4

section3

img_0058

img_0066

img_0150

img_0064

img_0153

img_0182

img_0202

img_0217

img_0077

img_0158

img_0244

img_0247

img_0274

img_0332

img_0331

img_3122

img_0330
img_3119

img_0350

img_0371

img_0378

img_0389

img_0413

img_0408

img_8628

img_8635

img_0479

img_0460

img_0438

img_8620

img_0496
img_0485

img_0484

img_0478

img_0481

img_0469
img_8621

img_0492

img_0533
img_0514

img_0505