The Dutch duo TELMO MIEL is still in Australia where they recently completed their second mural for this year’s Wonderwalls festival (check the first one here).

‘Life of a Story’, as the mural was titled, was painted in Midland and inspired by the area around it, the precinct of the old Railway Workshops in Perth, Australia that provided thousands of families in Western Australia with an income for several generations. The workshops had considerable numbers of European migrants who arrived in Australia with limited English language, as well as a significant groups of Italian migrants in the workforce. The workforce of the workshops had a rich history and, since closing, there have been projects to record oral history and collect information about the place and people involved.
This is probably the reason why the new mural, painted in a similar pink-blue colour palette than the first one in Port Adelaide, shows the image of a young boy leaning over his Grandfather’s shoulder while he reads him a story. According to TELMO MIEL, the boy wears a hat that was passed down to him from his Grandfather, a guest that shows the existence of a special bond between them. The mural represents in this way a commentary on the importance of storytelling as a  way of passing down history and knowledge.
The idea behind this new mural is to encourage people to preserve and pass on their cultural heritage, make them curious about their local history and community and at the same time bring colour and a positive message to the neighbourhood.


The Rotterdam-based Dutch duo TelmoMiel, composed of the artists Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann, define themselves as muralists and creators of contemporary art.
 In 20017 Telmo, a licensed illustrator and designer, met Miel, who was already active in the graffiti scene, but it wasn’t until 2012 that they started collaborating, after both had completed the their degrees at the Academy of Art.
 The two artists work with a photo-realistic style that focuses on contrasts. They work ideas separately, later combining both sketches and giving shape to surrealistic compositions with great attention to detail. They are also so into each others work that when working on a piece together, they are able to switch places when ever wanted or needed.

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Author: Fran

Founder and editor of Urbanite. Street Art lover who after the finishing her MA thesis on the muralist movement in the 1920-50s, developed a fascination for street art and graffiti that eventually led to collaborations with different art blogs, including the creation of this one.