· By tara strong
‘The Story of Big Frog’ mural launch
In July 2021, after a creative process drawn out by the many challenges and delays brought about by lockdown restrictions, the local communities of Murrumbeena and its surrounds joined with lovers of Anthony’s art from all over Melbourne to celebrate the successful completion of ‘The Story of Big Frog’, with this incredible mural now standing as one of the most prominent and amazing public installations in Melbourne!
It seemed a long time from the mural’s conception in August 2019, when the exciting idea was born in the heart of the Murrumbeena business community when Anthony, supported by Daniel Son Café & GWS business owner Mat Lowry, Rotary Caulfield, local donors and his ‘Brezania’ crew, was provided the opportunity to create a long-lasting outdoor art installation on a 40 metre wall opposite Murrumbeena station.
On the day of the launch Anthony was joined by supporters, sponsors, friends and families to celebrate, with The Rotary Club of Caulfield starting proceedings at Murrumbeena Uniting Church. Anthony chatted with locals and friends, while creative locals set up stalls for kids to have their faces painted and line up for a brilliant balloon creation. All were then invited to head outside to the Anthony Breslin’s Community Art Garden to observe a beautiful traditional Smoking Ceremony, held in recognition of the First Nations land upon which the mural will stand for years to come.
After the ceremonial aspect drew to a close, everyone ventured down to ‘The Story of Big Frog’ installation to experience first-hand the innovative design, vibrant colour and creative talent that Anthony expresses in his work, making him truly unique to Australia’s precious pool of recognised artists. They then made their way to the rear of the mural building, where the pop up ‘Brezania’ gallery café was buzzing with laughter and joyful mingling whilst all enjoyed an exhibition of Anthony’s current collection, purchased his art books and t-shirts for themselves and loved ones, and had a chance to learn more about the journey of how this new iconic Melbourne mural was brought to life whilst enjoying Daniel Son coffees and ‘froggie’ donuts.