Some grungy street art and copycat-ing

G’day Cycle-lifers,

So the February challenge is to post three posts, my work load has tripled (you know, some people have to still work, sad but true). My theme will be street murals as they’re all over the place here and I’ll also copy some one else’s theme as well. Today it’s Greg’s snowman, which will become a sandman. He’s being held up by Ned my new mascot. He’s as tough as resin, cranky and likes guns but he’s been dead for 140 years so don’t panic. I’m planning a ride in late March between Australia’s mega cities  Here it is.

City Farm above is pretty grungy.

They painted a new mural, then stuck some plants in front of it.

Mural on the outside of City Farm.

Murals are excellent for covering ugly buildings.

I was going to show Ned a mural of him as a child by famous artist Fintan Magee but the building has been demolished. Fintan has painted huge murals around the world.

Well I’ve got lots of posts from everyone to catch up on.


See ya later



I live in the hills just east of the city of Perth, Western Australia and I've loved cycling all my life, From riding to primary school when I was 8 years old to cycle touring as a grumpy old man. Cycling is freedom on two wheels and I love getting on my bike at any opportunity.

14 response to "Some grungy street art and copycat-ing"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: February 15, 2020

    I like the Greg snow/sandman, and I like your theme of murals. I just might be able to find one or some of those ;’-).
    One must wonder when a town paints a mural on a building, why they would plant things to hide it!! That Storm mural is awesome.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 16, 2020

      No chance of finding snow for a snowman here…ever. I’m sure you’ll find some murals around town. I just ride around and stumble on most of them.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 16, 2020

      I’ve only just scraped the surface, more on the way. Sorry I wont be doing mountains, none around here, I wish there was

  2. By: gregblood Posted: February 15, 2020

    Led, that’s a great snowman — with the added feature of Ned Kelley. I’ve heard about how hot and dry Australia has been, but it didn’t quite connect with me until just now when I saw that even your snow has turned brown.

    I’ll add outdoor murals to my list of ideas to rip-off. I’m pretty sure none of them will be as fantastic as that Storm mural.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 16, 2020

      The brown sandman was made on the banks of the river, so a bit muddy. I could have made him at the ocean today but waves and more crumbly sand would make it difficult. Don’t get frostbite, you need those fingers

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 15, 2020

    The sandman is super cool! First glance I thought it was huge!
    The City Farm has a certain charm about it — the other murals are beautiful!
    Murals are kind of scarce here too — might be one or two to copycat.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 16, 2020

      City farm is my kinda place. A bit rough around the edges with vege patches, mosaics, farmers market and café with home made cakes. It must have been some old factory in the past.
      Here’s some info All the best with the mural hunting or maybe you could paint your own.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: February 16, 2020

    Love the sandman – he looks a little bit like Ernie from Sesame Street (my fav character). If you get through Benalla on your tour, you’ll see a heap of cool murals, too. They do the Wall to Wall festival every year where artists come to do the murals. It is actually on my list for a weekend tour, just haven’t got it done yet. I’m super busy at work, too, so not so much riding here either!

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 16, 2020

      Benalla definitely on my route and I’ll definitely check out those murals. I’ve booked the airfares now so just got to sort the bike out. I’m on my way, head for the hills. ha ha

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: February 16, 2020

    Now I know where the snowmen go in summer. That must be a snowman with a tan. Nice take on the challenge. And now I have to watch out for murals…

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 17, 2020

      Snow was in short supply, lots of sand and the locals aren’t called Sandgropers for nothing. Good luck with the murals. This months challenge is hard work.

  6. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: February 17, 2020

    The sandman was the perfect answer to the northern hemisphere’s snowman. Not even Hasting’s snowmen get to do battle with Ned yet (…challenge to Greg). Love the murals, even the graffiti type. I guess a case could be made that today’s graffiti artists are tomorrow’s creative mural geniuses? Can’t wait to read about your touring journey. You’ll have a great time with Ned from “start” to “finish.” Cheers & happy pedaling.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 23, 2020

      Thanks TJ, Ned’s a grumpy guy like me so we should get on fine, we understand each other.

      Catch ya later

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