Back on October 12, 2012, an unknown street artist plied the walls of Hosier Lane in Melbourne, with heartfelt feelings towards the unfortunate and senseless killing of a young 29 year-old Irish woman, living in Melbourne and working for the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) television network. It brought the city to a halt and on the night that the street artist left his/her message, thousands joined the ‘Reclaim the Night’ march in Jill’s honour.
As published by newspaper Herald-Sun reporters, a 20m mural, created by a mystery street artist, appeared along a wall in Hosier Lane, stating: “Rest in Peace Jill“. It is believed the artist painted the tribute between midday and 7pm on the day that thousands of mourners gathered in Brunswick to march in honour of Ms Meagher. At the time, The City of Melbourne who looks after the street art in Hosier Lane, told the Herald Sun it had commenced talks with the street art community to devise “the best way to manage this piece” – in other words try to preserve its presence. However, they did recognise that it was was unlikely the entire piece would remain plastered along the laneway, despite Twitter users calling for the work to be shielded behind Perspex to ensure it was maintained as a lasting memorial.
Sadly, the mural did not last long and was painted over within weeks. I mention this now as the Committal Hearing for the accused is currently being heard. All I can say is, may there be adequate justice in this world to help prevent further unlawful and unnecessary evil, predatory crime against all innocent life.
“Is It Art?”