Wednesday, May 26, 2021


FROM THE VAULT: March 19, 2014

"I’d give all wealth that years have piled,
The slow result of Life’s decay,
To be once more a little child
For one bright summer day."

- Lewis Carroll

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My friend Tony Z sent me an email yesterday headed “We've been painted on a wall somewhere!?!?!”.

His email was an onsend from his son Christian, now an adult, of an email with the same caption and two photographs:

Tony's email was accompanied by the following message:

This is a photo of my son and 3 of his friends when they were about 5 years old. My son is in the Robin outfit. Somehow this is now a painting on a wall in Melbourne, called I think “3 bats and a bird”. I don't know how the artist got the photo . Apparently he is world renowned. I'm not aware where exactly it is other than on a wall somewhere in Melbourne.

Here is another pic of the art work:

The work is by Brisbane street artist Fintan Magee who has done some fascinating and quality street art, as the Batman artwork, which is correctly identified as having been done in Melbourne, shows. I am unaware as to its location in Melbourne.

In a chat after receiving the email Tony informed me that the four boys were friends. The occasion was not dressup fior school or for any function, simply that the four were enthralled by Batman and Robin. The lad to the right of Christian/Robin would not answer to any name but Batman when he was wearing the outfit. The Batman to the left of Robin was Christian’s best friend, the Dark Knight to his left, in black, was the first Batman’s older brother. The photo was taken by one of the parents and it is believed that it was spotted by Fintan Magee on a Facebook page.

Here is another version:

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“. . . although these days may seem commonplace, in years to come they will crystallise in our minds as our best! . . . we shall all look back to the friendships, the adventures, the fun . . . to the best days of our lives.”

- Cottee’s Cordial ad

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Coincidentally, not long after I received Tony's email, I received the following in a mobile phone text message from son Thomas:

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The following  is from website Art at:

Fintan Magee is an Australian street artist known for his murals throughout Queensland and later in New South Wales. Magee was born in the NSW Town of Lismore. Magee grew up in Ipswich, Queensland and gained a reputation as a graffiti artist before obtaining a Fine Arts degree and moving to Sydney. He now works out of "The Tate Gallery" above the Toxteth Hotel in Glebe. He received national acclaim for his mural depicting Felix Baumgartner in Brisbane. Described as "Australia's Banksy", Magee's work is recognised for its lack of a political message, compared to other street artists, and its humour.

The following item is another of Magee's depictions of the 3 Bats and a Robin work and is avilable for purchase atvthe above link:

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