Art enthusiast. Loves painting, bushwalking and travels. Writing what I love sparks my passion. Sydney, Australia.
Published June 11th 2013
Foley Street, a back street off Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, has been transformed to a massive wall mural. It's colourful, bold, and unique. You may wonder why. As part of the City of Sydney's annual Streetware program, 'We Are Here' is a collective work of a group of artists to bring a makeover of Foley Street, taking you through the rich history of the local area.
'We Are Here' is curated by Juliet Rosser, the director of Platform 72. The mural is 15 metres high and 75 metres long running along the walls of Foley Street, thanks to the beautiful execution of artists Sarah Howell, Dylan Demarchi, The Dirt, byrd and Gui Andrade. Their collaboration brings the mural and its stories to life.
The street parade enables you to experience a great journey through the stories and history of the local area. The vibrant representation and motifs make this unique mural truly captivating.
The mural starts with featuring a gigantic hand in the artwork by The Dirt and Gui Andrade. This signifies the hand of the worker, artist, craftsmen, gardener and builder.
The artwork titled 'The tools' by The Dirt and Gui Andrade
Wondering how Foley Street came to be named? You are introduced to Larry Foley (1849-1917), an Australian boxer featured at the beginning of the parade route.
Following the introduction of the character, you can find the artwork titled 'The traditional owners and custodians of the land', which shows you the imagination of the land during the pre-invasion eva with prevalence of native animals and flora. I found it's a bit weird but it's something different.
Some of these native animals are a water dragon, cormorant, feather tailed glider and herron
The images that I have shown are only partial sections of the mural. There is much more to see. If you would like to find out more about the stories and the motifs shown in the artwork, you can view the guide from the program website. Go check out to enjoy your exploration.