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'We Are Here' On Foley Street

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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 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.

We are here Mural
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.

We are here - the native animals
Some of these native animals are a water dragon, cormorant, feather tailed glider and herron

Next to it, you can find the artwork titled 'War and peace'. As its name suggests, it represents victory celebrations and anti-war protests.

We are Here - these sections of the mural are about the land, peace and war
We are here about the land, peace and war

With reference to the guide map, this section is about federation celebrations.

One people, one destiny, mixed media by Dylan Demarchi.
One people, one destiny, mixed media by Dylan Demarchi.

Continuing with my exploration is the scene that reveals thriving business in the late nineteenth century business. A beautifully executed artwork.

We are here -Commerce and multiculturalism
Artwork titled 'Commerce and multiculturalism' by Dylan Demarchi

The mural finishes with another gigantic hand in the artwork but it is a 'victory' sign this time.

The tools, artwork by The Dirt and Gui Andrade
The artwork titled 'The tools' by The Dirt and Gui Andrade

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.
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Why? This unique mural is captivating.
Where: Foley Street (between Palmer & Crown Streets), Darlinghurst 2010
Cost: Free
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