A Melbourne artist has created an impressive mural on Bondi Beach, depicting the Matildas amid their FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign.
Danielle Weber has spent weeks painting the iconic Sydney beach’s seawall with the artwork, to be officially unveiled on Monday.
The piece shows most of the women on Australia’s women’s football side, fronted by captain Sam Kerr, all in the middle of celebration, backed by swirls of differing shades of yellow.
Ms Weber made headlines back in October when she presented a portrait of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to the A-list celebrity on the “black carpet” at the New York premiere of DC Comics superhero flick Black Adam.
Ms Weber has struck up a friendship with the wrestler-turned-film star, ever since painting a portrait of the 51-year-0ld and his mother in 2015.
The Matildas are coming off the back of an impressive 4-nil win over Olympic champions Canada last Monday night, in a tense game owing to the fact a loss would have dumped the Aussies from the competition.
They play again this coming Monday against Denmark in their first round-of-16 clash.
There were concerns Charlotte Grant would be sidelined due to delayed concussion, the defender absent from Friday’s training session in Brisbane.
But a Matilda’s spokesperson says she’ll be available for selection after passing concussion protocols.
Mary Fowler and Aivi Luik have also suffered concussions during training in the past week, while Sam Kerr continues a separate training program to manage a calf injury that’s seen her yet to take to the field for the World Cup thus far.
Australia and Denmark clash at Stadium Australia on Monday, with play to get underway from 8.30pm AEST.
Bondi Beach’s sea wall has been the site of street and contemporary art since the 1970s.
Artist Luke Cornish garnered some controversy in 2019 when he used a section of the same site to paint a row of gun-toting, armour-clad Border Force agents, with the title “NOT. WELCOME TO BONDI” painted above the officers.
Just a month after it was finished, someone vandalised the artwork by painting over it in white.
Originally published as Matildas mural to adorn Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach sea wall