Joan's Garden

BiGfiSh was approached by Mark Brophy, Manager of the Community Centre in Williamstown to assist with ideas for revitalising a small, drab outdoor space at the centre. The potential design needed to commemorate Victoria’s first female Premier Joan Kirner AC, who was instrumental in securing the centre for the local community in 2003.

The space featured large expanses of brown brick walls which could not be altered and a faded shade sail. Our solution was to create a lush garden space by covering the brick walls with a digital mural using the principles of trompe-l’oeil to achieve the illusion of depth and make the small space appear larger. We also installed synthetic green grass seating and window boxes.

Joan Kirner loved gardening and so the mural became a garden of abundance, filled with the fruits of her labour. As well as vegies and chickens, the mural includes many visual clues acknowledging her remarkable public achievements – conservation initiatives, promotion of gender equality, education reforms and much more. There’s also a nod to her love of AFL and her pet Labrador!


Williamstown, Victoria
Design, Development, Construction, Installation.
Completed June 2016.
Williamstown Community Centre.