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Italian street artist Alice Pasquini recently visited Melbourne to paint the exterior wall of the Museo Italiano in Carlton. The large ten metre mural took seven days to complete. When asked to describe the work, this is what she had to say: “The mural is dedicated to the history of Italian emigration to Australia, inspired by the works of the Italian Museum collection and documentation of the Italian Historical Society. A representation of the journey as an opening of possibilities, but also as a challenge to themselves and to their own identity. The traveler, conquering their own growth, discovers their deepest essence, through the expansion of their horizons. The elaboration of the memory of the trip is also a metaphor for development, a tool to bring out the sense of the inner and outer journey. The wall is also personal to me, as I myself have family living in Australia. I think that in our current times, it’s essential to remember that we all come from somewhere. Tracing a line through our ancestry, almost everyone has at least one relative who was a passenger at one point in time. We must remember this and the struggles they must have faced, and recall that empathy, compassion, and knowledge lead to growth.” Watch the local news coverage here

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Dean Sunshine

About Dean Sunshine

Dean Sunshine has lived in Melbourne Australia all his life and experienced first hand the graffiti and aerosol art movement as it began there in the 80's. For the last decade he has keenly followed the development of the local street art scene and photographed and documented thousands of works for no other reason than appreciation of the art form. Putting his interest online Dean started his blog called Land of Sunshine in 2010 which led to the self-publication of two books – Land of Sunshine (2012) and Street Art Now (2014) His blog is regularly updated with the latest street art and graffiti in Melbourne and also takes photos when travelling the world. Aside from documentation, he also offers the exterior walls of his warehouse in Brunswick, Melbourne for local and international artists to regularly paint and facilitates large and small street art commissions and projects. All photos are his own unless otherwise specified.