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Published June 23rd 2014
Pictures on walls for all to see and enjoy
Are you hungry for art?
After writing an article on street art in Melbourne, it got me to thinking about what street art is in my home city of Sydney and its suburbs. So I did some Googling and then went on the hunt for some colourful and unique art. I found some of what my friend Google told me about and other works that I stumbled upon as I was driving around. Boy do we have lots of great pieces on public display.
Close to the city are a lot of murals in Newtown's streets. If you venture down the main street of King Street from Broadway you will come across the Martin Luther King mural on the right with his famous words 'I Have a Dream' on it. This is one of the longest surviving pieces of street art that has not been painted over. It was created over 2 nights back in 1991 and involved the use of a cherry picker to paint the top part of it. Then going down past the railway station on the southern end of King Street you will spot art in the side streets and laneways. Concentrated amounts of art I came upon can be found in King Lane, Dickson Lane, Darley Lane, Maria Lane and Rochford Street with some wonderful and varying subject matter.
Left: Rochford St, Right: Darley Lne
Travelling down Enmore Road, not far from Newtown, there are a couple of large murals, including one at the corner of Bailey Street, the Jungle mural that depicts African animals. Enmore's laneways have some striking images on factory and warehouse walls not far along down Wilford Street and Wilford Lane, Thurnby Lane and Gladstone Street, near the railway. Admittedly, some is just plain graffiti but others are works of art. People, birds, and a dragon are some that are well done.
Gladstone St, Newtown
If you venture further west, Annandale is another suburb that has a bit of art. The Crescent has a very long wall of art with seaside images down one end and transport vehicles down the other end and Nelson Street has bridge and frog murals. Evan Jones Playground, on the way to Leichhardt, has some refreshing children's images in it. Then there is Leichhardt with some very colourful pieces at the APIA Club next to Lambert Park in Marion St and further up this street at a car park opposite Leichhardt Public School.
Images on the wall of the APIA Club at Leichhardt
Marion St opposite Leichhardt Public School
Furthermore, drive down the end of Lords Road and you will come across Hawthorne Canal, another major piece that was a project created by community members and local students. Art on the outside of the canal and mosaic sections pieced together along the inside wall of the canal. Amazing stuff.
Hawthorne Canal, Leichhardt
Apart from walls being used for art, traffic signal boxes are now being painted in various suburbs with different images that are certainly an improvement on the dull grey they were originally. They make a great canvas and the ones I came across are in Annandale (Johnston St), the entrance to Glebe Island, Leichhardt (Ainsworth St), Rozelle (Victoria Rd), Drummoyne (Lyons Rd & Edwin St), and St Leonards (cnr Greenwich & River Rds). Everything from the Anzac Bridge to flowers, fish and animals are painted on these boxes.
Signal boxes adding a vibrant look to Sydney's suburbs
Other sources of street art include shopping centres and schools. North Strathfield has a nice mural on the corner of Correys Avenue and Concord Road as part of the shopping village.
Students complete most of the work on the walls of their school buildings. On Buckland Street at Alexandria, accessed via a bike pathway, is a long wall that I happened upon by accident that is very colourful. Melrose Park Public School on Wharf Road at West Ryde also has some murals, one in particular I like that promotes sport.
This school mural can be spotted from Buckland St Alexandria
Top: Annandale North P.S., Bottom: Melrose Park P.S. West Ryde
A lot of the art in Sydney is hidden and can easily be missed unless you are particularly looking for it. Keep your eyes alert for it as all in all, Sydney has a wealth of street art for you to find and explore that enhances the communities in which it thrives.
Do you have any good street art in your suburb? I'd be interested to know what other suburbs contain works of art and would love if you could add your response in the comments box.