Mr. Wilkinson, a Brunswick venue that already has a reputation for embracing slick design and local artists, is moving up a creative gear this week with the installation of a new mural, courtesy of Melbourne-based artist Lucas Grogan.

Stretching across four metres on the bar’s front interior wall, Rival Gardens depicts two enormous, hyper-patterned, circular gardens painted in green tones – a departure from Lucas’ predominantly cerulean work, which has appeared everywhere from Melbourne’s Hosier Lane to Hugo Michell Gallery in Adelaide. The palette shift is a reflection of the mural’s permanent future within the bar. While a striking piece in its own right, it also fits with the darker, wooden tones of its surroundings.

With a strong background in textiles and embroidery, Lucas had been engaged in a residency at Harvest Workroom before commencing the painting and is currently exhibiting another piece, The Wedding Quilt – an astounding work of intricate detail and design, involving over 4000 hand-embroidered blue roses – at Craft Victoria.

As with all of Grogran’s work, the intricately detailed Rival Gardens was painted totally freehand and will be officially unveiled this Friday night at Mr. Wilkinson, with the artist in attendance before he heads off for a month’s residency at the Redgate Gallery in Beijing.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head north to partake in some very affordable drinks at the bar and tasty fare from the Taco Truck, all while appreciating Brunswick’s latest public art addition.

Rival Gardens launches at Mr Wilkinson on Friday May 10 from 6pm to 8pm.

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