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Australia's Next Art Series Hotel Will Feature a Towering 27-Storey-High Street Art Mural

The new Perth site will pay tribute to Aussie artist Matt Adnate, with the big wall painter creating one of the world's tallest murals.
By Sarah Ward
July 14, 2019
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Australia's Next Art Series Hotel Will Feature a Towering 27-Storey-High Street Art Mural

The new Perth site will pay tribute to Aussie artist Matt Adnate, with the big wall painter creating one of the world's tallest murals.
By Sarah Ward
July 14, 2019
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Painting sky-high grain solos and 20-storey housing complexes is all in a day's work for Matt Adnate, with the Melbourne street artist earning plenty of attention in recent years for his soaring pieces. For his next project, he's going even bigger, taking on Perth's new Art Series Hotel — which, in keeping with the chain's tradition, will also bear his name.

Due to open this October, The Adnate will pay tribute to Australia's renowned big wall artist both inside and out; however you won't need to book a stay to enjoy the site's exterior displays. In a work dubbed the 'Mega Mural', Adnate will splash his creative magic across the entire west-facing side of the hotel, painting a 27-storey-high piece. If that sounds huge, that's because it'll eclipse his work in Collingwood, which became the tallest mural in the southern hemisphere when it was unveiled. In fact, this new record-holder will stand just five storeys shorter than the world's tallest mural in Toronto, which measures 32 storeys.

The Adnate's towering external artistry mural won't simply earn a place in the record books; it'll highlight the city's cultural history and community. Three large-scale portraits will emblazon the wall, with the mural depicting "the past through the cultural representation in the subject's dressing elements, the present with contemporary faces, and the future as the subjects are the youth of today," according to the artist.

"What excites me most about this collaboration with Art Series is the opportunity to capture the stories and emotions of my subjects and to share them with a new audience in the west," Adnate explains. "I've always held a personal connection towards the First Nation people I paint. Whether it be a connection to country or a strong emphasis on spirituality, I believe we have a lot to learn."

With The Adnate marking the first Art Series hotel dedicated to street art, its namesake will also contribute a 50-metre-long external painting known as the 'Laneway Mural', which will include multiple portraits in collaboration with a local Indigenous artist. Inside the hotel, Adnate is completing a 'Staircase Mural', as well as two original canvases. They'll be joined by up to 650 reproductions of 30 of his most famous works from around the world, which guests will spy on the site's internal walls and in its hallways.

Other than a vast array of Adnate's art, the hotel will feature 250 rooms, a centrepiece pool area on its first floor, plenty of cocktails and a focus on Mediterranean cuisine.

It slots into Art Series' existing hotel portfolio, which spans five sites in Melbourne (The Olsen in South Yarra, The Blackman on St Kilda Road, The Cullen in Prahan,  The Larwill in Parkville and The Chen in Box Hill), one in Adelaide (The Watson in Walkerville) and two in Brisbane (The Johnson and The Fantauzzo).

The Adnate will open at a yet-to-be-announced date in October at 900 Hay Street, Perth. For further details, head to the hotel's website.

Published on July 14, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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