A couple of years ago Joanne started to walk the streets of Sydney suburbs to photograph and write about what she discovered.
While she documents historical and other notable features, she is drawn to the quirky and the different. Street art always fascinates her.
Photo Story: Walk the Walls Street Art Festival
Street art is becoming quite mainstream.
Many cities have programs where large walls are given over to street artists as canvasses for creative and colourful murals.
Some works promote discussion about current issues. Others are purely decorative.
Cities and local councils have realised that street art attracts tourism and also acts as a deterrent to antisocial behaviour.
The Walk the Walls Festival in Caringbah, Sydney was an initiative of the Crime Prevention Officer of the local council in an attempt to reduce graffiti and vandalism in Caringbah and to revitalise the area.
The festival happened over a March weekend in 2018 where unsightly walls full of tags and graffiti were painted over with murals by well-known artists.
When I heard about Walk the Walls, Caringbah became the next suburb on my list to visit as part of my discovery of Sydney Suburbs. I wanted to see the street art and learn more about the southern Sydney suburb.
Over 20 artists, coordinated by Phibs (Tim de Haan), painted walls around the village centre creating a colourful vibrant space. Some works cover huge warehouse walls. Smaller pieces are hidden in corners and less obvious places.
The project has been very well received by the local community who are thrilled with how the murals have transformed the local environment.
When I “Walked the Walls” and chatted to locals, people of all ages gave the project their tick of approval.
They liked how the art has “improved” the local area and how it has brightened up the shopping precinct.
For his contribution to the Walk the Walls Festival, Sydney based artist, Joel Moore, who goes by the street name Mulga decided to paint this piece which he called “King Kong of Caringbah”.
His unique style of bright colours and intricate lines is instantly recognisable. Looking closely, I like to think King Kong is on holiday on a tropical isle, enjoying sunshine and coconuts.
The first ever Sutherland Shire Walk the Walls Street Art Festival was held from the 2nd to the 4th of March, 2018.
30+ visual artists were involved, including Phibs, Mulga, Ox King, Peque, Georgia Hill and many more as they painted up their murals in the largest street art projects in Sydney, Australia.
Streets where artists have painted large-scale murals in Caringbah: Corner of Denman Avenue and the Kingsway; 344R Kingsway; 346A Kingsway; Park Lane, rear of 324-340 Kingsway; Park Lane, rear of 4-8 Park Lane; 9 – 13 President Avenue and Hay Avenue.
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