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Inglewood Urban Art

Carrying on from the Mt Lawley Urban Art Trail I still wanted to get to Inglewood to explore the street art so when something popped up on facebook about the Jacaranda trees being in bloom in Inglewood I had the excuse I needed.

We started from Brear Park and walked down Central Avenue, passing the Melkite Church, (previously Church of All Hallows) where we were invited in for the service later that morning. Past Betty and Dave's Cafe then heading west along Beaufort Street past the Inglewood Hotel (we missed the artwork on the hotel) and as far as St Patrick's Anglican Church opposite Copley Park, not for the art so much as to close the loop from Mt Lawley.

Heading back east along Beaufort Street we were rewarded with some street art at The Rock Inn Music Store. We wandered along Ingleton Lane and later Lawry Lane but, unlike Mt Lawley, these laneways didn't have any art to offer.

There is a large wrap around mural on the walls at Your Pets Vet on the corner of Central Avenue. This is worth a closer look as many of the animals are named and their personality comes out in the paintings.

I'd read that the jacarandas were in bloom between Sixth and Tenth Avenues but wasn't sure if this was north or south of Beaufort Street. We hedged out bets and wandered up Central Avenue past Faull Park, turning left at Carrington Street, next to the old telephone exchange building. We could see across Shearn Park before heading back towards Beaufort Street on Sixth Avenue. We could see an occasional jacaranda in semi bloom down the cross streets. From Shearn Park it is only a short walk into Maylands should you wish to explore the Maylands street art.

Back on Beaufort we saw the beautiful Beaufort Tram mural on Mondo Butchers - similar to one in Mount Hawthorn. The wall of the drycleaners on the corner of Seventh Avenue features a mural relating to Australian cinema history and local pioneering picture-show man Thomas James Snooks. Then there is Grace by Sioux Tempest, which represents the leadlight windows found in heritage homes in this area and also the swan used as the symbol for WA's 150th year celebrations.

Further down is Cupcake the Cow by Anya Brock, as you enter the section of Beaufort Street that is home to the Inglewood Monday Night Markets. Further along is an old corner shop building covered in artwork by Straker. Across the road and featured in the street fencing panels is The Clocktower, originally part of the Civic Picture Theatre. If you look closely you will see tributes to bygone days in the paving.

We wandered into the carpark behind Finlay and Son to see the new painting by Robert Jenkins on the toilet block before heading back along Beaufort Street.

Much to our delight at the library we found street quotes, a street game and Here Birdy Birdy!, a whimsical mosaic sculpture by Claire Bailey which depicts a man taking his dog for a walk, replacing a duck egg in a nest but finding the duck has come to rest on his head!

Back at the car we drove along Clifton Crescent still hoping to catch the Jacaranda trees but were disappointed. We did drive on to find art at the ECU Mt Lawley campus and had a bit of a wander around before heading home and saw some lovely jacarandas there so were satisfied in the end.

It took us 75 minutes to walk this trail but if you stuck to Beaufort Street you could manage to see the street art in about 30 minutes. There are plenty of cafes and eateries along Beaufort Street as well as a large Woolworths shopping centre. Combining a street art exploration with the Inglewood Monday Night Markets makes for a perfect evening out and about. Parking can be time restricted.

In the spirit of reconciliation Out and About- Family Nature Connection acknowledges the traditional owners of the Wadjak boodjar (Perth land) and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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