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Bacchanalia Bar


From the Resene Total Colour Awards gallery – Kensington

The concept for this brand installation was to create a dark room (to cover the flaws) flooded with neon lighting that had the theme of a Bacchanalian feast.

Justine McAllister was invited to create an artwork as contribution to the inaugural Can’t Do Tomorrow festival held in Melbourne. She was given the opportunity to transform an old storeroom in the building into an art space that housed a functioning bar by local brewery, Stomping Ground.

Bacchanalia Bar

At the very start of the project, the space was extremely dirty and dust filled. The walls were a mixture of deep grouted brick and plasterboard, the floor was flaking wooden boards and there was exposed insulation from the ceiling.

Bacchanalia feast - Bar mural

Justine’s task was to paint all visible surfaces and create a fifty-five-metre mural that stretched along the entire perimeter of the space. Soft transitioning neon led lighting was added to the space. This was run on the flooring perimeter and also on nine large custom-made hoops that created dramatic down lighting in the space. What started as an undesirable space was soon given life thanks to Justine’s wild imagination.

Bacchanalia feast mural theme

The concept for this brand installation was to create a dark room (to cover the flaws) flooded with neon lighting that had the theme of a Bacchanalian feast. She wanted to create a modern take on the ancient Roman celebration and translate it into a way that was familiar and playful to today’s audience. The mural imagery was filled with humans, animals, Roman vases and beastly headed people all conversing and enjoying themselves at this luxurious gathering, all painted using Resene Lumbersider low sheen waterborne paint in Resene Checkmate and Resene Illusion.

Stomping Ground Bar - Bacchanalia feast mural theme

Stomping Ground Bar - Bacchanalia feast mural theme 2

Justine had two weeks to create this concept from start to finish, before the space was opened to the public on launch night of the festival.

Stomping Ground Bar - Bacchanalia feast mural

Artist: Justine McAllister
Artist representation: Eddie Zammit
Client: Stomping Ground Brewing Co
Photographer: Holly Hawkins


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