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.
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!