The walls of Peter Mac’s youth day ward and inpatient rooms have been transformed into a magical, whimsical world by acclaimed Australian artist Ghostpatrol. 

The once white walls in Ward 3A are now ablaze with colour and life – a bevy of smiling characters keeping watch over the room.

There’s a frog wearing headphones, a cat-like figure playing guitar and a child dressed as a pear among the more than a dozen fantastical figures.

The Tasmanian-born, Melbourne-based artist (aka David Booth) was selected following consultation with young people from ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service.

“The young people had expressed a view that they very much liked the idea of street art and stencilling and they loved Ghostpatrol’s style,” Peter Mac art curator Svetlana Karovich says. 

“The artist spent a lot of time discussing the designs with young people and did a lot of toing and froing before settling on the final images.” 

In the inpatient rooms, the artworks have been designed to fit around the essential equipment like basins and cupboards – making them part of the room and not just an addition. 

Instead of painting directly on the walls – the artist used decals which were installed with minimal disruption to the ward and are non-toxic, durable and easily cleanable. 

David Booth has his roots in street art but has branched into murals, ceramics, sculptures, paintings and even GIFs, which have attracted attention across the globe. 

Among his many works are murals at Melbourne Museum and the Royal Children’s Hospital and on wind turbines at the Hepburn Community Wind farm. 

The murals at Peter Mac are funded by the Sony Foundation.