A three metre-high, two metre-wide relief sculpture of revered AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott has been unveiled in Melbourne’s AC/DC Lane, exploding from the outer Cherry Bar wall – and we’ve a video of the triumphant moment (after the rigging system nearly failed).
Local street artist Mike Makatron selected a small crew to aid him in creating the piece, which is now mounted just a hop away from Swanston Street, where AC/DC filmed their famed It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll) clip.
“I’ve painted the laneway annually for about five years now – always a varied interpretation of the theme of music,” Makatron said, “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.”
A brown velveteen shroud covered the sculpture, and was ceremoniously pulled aside by Makatron and Bon Scott’s son, Dave Stevens. Makatron told STACK that the sculpture comprises layered concrete over high-density polystyrene, which is protected from the weather by a clear coating. He also revealed that Scott’s microphone cable is a broken air pressure hose, which the team re-purposed.
Born in Scotland, Bon Scott moved to Melbourne at age 6, and spent his formative years in the western suburb of Sunshine. He became AC/DC’s lead singer in 1974, during which time the band lived in Melbourne and recorded their first two albums. He passed away in 1980 after a night of heavy drinking, aged just 33.