Bon Scott is to be honoured with a permanent sculpture coming out of the Cherry Bar brick wall and looking down upon AC/DC Lane Melbourne.
Supported by the Victorian Government’s ‘Rockin’ The Laneways’ Initiative, Cherry owner and booker James Young has collaborated with famed local street artist Mike Makatron (www.makatron.com), whose hand selected team has created the unique art piece and rock n roll homage which will be officially unveiled on Tuesday 6 March at 11am in AC/DC Lane.
AC/DC’s lead singer from 1974 to 1980 Bon Scott was rated by Classic Rock magazine as number one in a list of the “100 Greatest Frontmen Of All Time” ahead of Freddie Mercury (Queen) and Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin). Migrating from Scotland at the age of 6, Scott grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne in Sunshine. AC/DC lived in Melbourne in the mid-seventies, where they wrote and recorded their first two albums. A stone’s throw from AC/DC Lane is Swanston Street where the band famously shot their classic ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock n Roll)’ film clip on the back of a flat bed truck.
It is this history, says Young, that makes AC/DC Lane, “… the perfect place to honour Bon Scott and to provide inspiration for aspiring musicians and music fans the world over.”
Mike Makatron is primarily a painter of murals and canvas and although with lots of experience with small sculptures and installations, it’s his first large-scale piece of this kind.
Says Makatron, “I’ve painted the laneway annually for about five years now – always a varied interpretation of the theme of music and it’s an honour to add a permanent 3D element that pays tribute to a great Australian rock and roll band and its lead singer Bon Scott, but also to music in general.
“Thanks to all, especially the vision of James Young of Cherry Bar who instigated the idea and grant application with Creative Victoria.”
Known as Bas-Relief (ie: a low relief carved from a wall), the sculpture is approximately three metres high and two metres wide and protrudes 15 cms out from the wall on AC/DC Lane.
Makatron and his team have worked for six days in Everfresh Studio. The sculpture is rendered with multiple layers of concrete onto carved high-density polystyrene and finished with a protective clear coat.
The sculpting was lead by expert Steven Carroll, utilising multiple tools and techniques to achieve the denim textures and cracked stone look. The metal fabrication (backing plate) and installation come thanks to Richie Red Steel (also a multi-instrumentalist and professional mixer.) The brick explosion work is by scenic artist Rob Gough, blending fake plaster cast bricks into the existing wall.
The Bon Scott Tribute wall sculpture will be officially unveiled in AC/DC Lane Melbourne this Tuesday, 6 March at 11am by James Young and Mike Makatron.