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by Wendy (subscribe)
Art enthusiast. Loves painting, bushwalking and travels. Writing what I love sparks my passion. Sydney, Australia.
Published June 29th 2013
Wandering throughout The Rocks, there is no shortage of street art for your exploration. As some of them are hidden in the laneways, this can give you a bit of fun during the process of discovery.

The Mural, a Recreated View of Brown Bear Lane, c. 1901 (later Little Essex Street)
Location: 155 George Street, The Rocks

Mural-Brown Bear Lane-the rocks
The mural, a recreated view of Brown Bear Lane, c. 1901 (later Little Essex Street)

Did the painting look familiar to you? You may probably see this large scale artwork before as it is featured at the prime location in The Rocks. This mural is a recreated view of the lane that was once existed in this location in the 19th century.

Laneway mural the Rocks
The mural is in the laneway, The Rocks

A Large Portrait of Jack Mundey
Location: 140 George Street, The Rocks

Created by artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils, you can see a large portrait of Sydney environmental activist, Jack Mundey, on the stairs leading up from the foot of Globe Street to Harrington Street in The Rocks. When I first viewed this portrait from a far distance, I thought that it's one piece of large scale work. However, when I came closer, I was impressed with how the artwork was created; the portrait was indeed tactfully created in two parts.

Street art-Jack Mundey-the rocks
A large portrait of Jack Mundey, by artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils, Globe Street, The Rocks

The Mural behind The Rocks Discovery Museum
Location: 2-8 Kendall Lane, The Rocks

Continuing the exploration you can find the hidden mural behind The Rocks Discovery Museum. The mural is displayed in nearby cobbled Kendall Lane, showing different stages in The Rocks development.

The Rocks Discovery Museum Mural
The mural depicts different stages of the Rocks

Suez Canal Caricatures
Location: Suez Canal, The Rocks

When you pass by a narrow laneway which runs between George Street and Harrington Street, remember to stop and look as you can find life-size caricatures in this Suez Canal, depicting the people who were involved in prostitution, slavery and opium in the late 19th century.

These backlit caricatures glow at night, bringing old days back to life. Suez Canal is one of the few remaining lanes constructed in the 19th century.

Suez Canal caricatures-daytime
Suez Canal caricatures in daytime

Suez Canal caricatures at night
Suez Canal caricatures at night
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