The Jungle Funk Mural & Meyers Place
About the Mural
The Jungle Funk Mural was created by Mike Makatron as part of the Green Your Laneways project. It depicts a stunning array of flora and fauna, including an imposing Corpse Flower (Titan arum) and a Buddha's Hand citrus fruit. This natural landscape dominates and envelopes the man-made structures and devices around it.
About the Artist
Mike Makatron is a Melbourne-based artist who has created public works worldwide, from the USA to Japan to Brazil. Locally, his work can be found in the Melbourne Zoo, the Melbourne Airport and multiple city laneways.
"His artwork captures a world in which the natural forces fight back against humanity, reclaiming the earth from the uncaring advance of civilisation. Focusing on the friction point between man, beast and machine, Maka presents a message to mankind to step foot outside of the concrete jungle and reconnect with mother nature and the animal in all of us."
~ About Mike Maka, https://www.makatron.com/bio/
About the Laneway
According to the eMelbourne encyclopedia:
- Meyers Place was formerly known as Nicholas Lane.
- In 1860 it housed a house and sign painter business, a wood carver and and a galvanized iron and zinc worker.
- By 1891, it was home to many residents, as well as refreshment rooms, two tobacconists, a pawnbroker and a post and telegraph office.
- On 25 October 1892 Assistant Inspector of Nuisances Edward Thunderbolt wrote to the City's Inspector of Nuisances John Fullerton, requesting a summons against James Harris, a resident of Little Collins Street, for throwing rubbish into Nicholas Lane, contrary to by-law.
In 2018, Meyers Place became one of 5 Melbourne lanes to be part of the Green Your Laneways Project. This initiative aimed to "transform the city’s laneways into leafy, green and useable spaces for everyone to enjoy." You can now find young trees and gardens taking root in Meyers Place as well as Coromandel Place, Katherine Place and Guildford Lane.
Lane's Edge Cafe & Bar - An oasis of bamboo and blossoms, this friendly beer garden serves light meals and dinner. $ https://lanesedge.com/
Loop Rooftop Bar - Pizza and cocktails with a rooftop view of the city. What could be better? $$ https://www.looponline.com.au/
- San Telmo - A passionate take on Argentinian food and culture, this spot is one of the best steak restaurants in the city. $$$ https://santelmo.com.au/
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