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Published December 16th 2016
Since writing an article on Street Art in Sydney, I have come across so much more from Bondi to Bankstown and beyond. Various suburbs are realising the beauty of a mural and its value to the community.
Works from various artists on the Bondi Beach Wall
Colourful art livens up an otherwise bland wall, showcases our culture and heritage, brings businesses further sales and tourists from afar admiring the works of local artists. A study has also shown that the more art in a suburb equals a greater gain in relative house prices. Great for sellers. It also deters walls from being vandalised.
For Pokemon lovers, this bright image can be found at Pine St Arts Centre in Chippendale
One such company creating amazing art and helping to nurture artists is Blackbook Ink. They do murals that have the general public in admiration as well as doing contracted work for businesses, such as Sweet Fantasy Cakes at Bankstown and the The Sell Block in Newtown. Trim Place in Gladesville presents a message through art re rubbish in waterways. This visual on the side wall of Pet Barn is a great way to get people on board with doing the right thing and beats just a bunch of words on paper.
Trim Place, Gladesville with a simple & effective message - LITTER You know it's WRONG
The nurturing of artists is ongoing and now a new initiative – Donate Your Wall for Art – will further skills and allow the gaining of valuable experience. Anyone that has a wall that is street-facing and viewable to the public can submit a form online to have a free mural painted. The design is generally the choice of the artist with the artist having free reign, however, if you have a theme or idea in mind then the team at Blackbook Ink will discuss it with you but there may be a small charge depending on how much free reign the artist is given. Note, f you are renting, you will need written consent from the owner.
A variety of artists with different styles are on hand waiting to brighten your world whether it be a house wall, a fence or a garage door. The team at Blackbook Ink are well respected and have worked with clients, such as Stamford Hotels, Fox Sports and Sony. Below are some murals painted by Asone and Sektor, both part of the team, that I happened upon in Newtown a while back.
This colourful piece from Asone can be found in Denison St Newtown
But that's not all. Starting in 2017 is another initiative – Perfect Match Mural Program – being organised by Inner West Council. This is pretty much the same as Blackbook Ink's initiative where you submit details of the wall's location, size and a photo of it. If you have an image of a mural or style you would like painted on your wall you can advise on that in the online application form and you can nominate an artist or team, such as Blackbook Ink, to complete the work. Note, you must register first before submitting the application form.