Talk about making a grand entrance.
Melbourne artist Kitt Bennett (of the Juddy Roller collective) has collaborated with French artist Jaw to create this mural that references our city’s stalwart icons and modern hospitality. At 60 meters long and three metres high, the work is just one of four oversized pieces commissioned by the new Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street hotel.
The hotel makes its debut today, taking up residence in the 1930s Equity Chambers building. It embraces the existing heritage-listed Italian Romanesque, Gothic and Art Deco elements by adding contemporary art. Kitt’s mural is intentionally reflected on the exterior of the hotel via bronze panels by local architects Bates Smart while other murals including work by David Lee Pereira by can been seen from guests’ windows.
In other creative flourishes, the guest rooms feature spectral, multi-exposed prints by photographer Roger Arnall from his ‘Impressions – Melbourne’ series of famous landmarks, and bespoke, natural scents have been created for the hotel’s amenities by botanical perfumer Essensorie.