‘We Are Here’ collaborative mural transforms Foley Street
An iconic part of Sydney has recently been given a hip new makeover by a collection of street artists from across Australia. The now-annual Streetware festival this year turned its attention to Foley Street, a hub for many of the city’s most talented public exhibitors. Among others, Dylan Demarchi, Sarah Howell and Canberra artist byrd have joined forces to create a 75-metre long – almost 250 feet! – mixed-media mural with a common color scheme and themes such as sign language.
Foley Street is home to galleries, studios and displays that showcase many of the city’s leading painters, sculptors and designers. It has undergone a renaissance in recent years and is rightly being honored by the festival, having been recognized for its iconic cultural significance over a century of Sydney life. It was originally home to Mardi Gras celebrations and wartime farewell parades. Each of the artists involved has been given the task to reflect a certain part of the history of the area through their contribution.
Now in its fourth year, Streetware’s goal is to introduce locals and tourists to the best cutting-edge visual art that Sydney has to offer. In previous years, the spotlight was on Aboriginal work and promising sculptors.
Juliet Rosser, director of local art space Platform72, joined Lord Mayor Clover Moore in emphasizing the importance and context of this year’s artwork: “The mural follows Foley Street from its early days as part of the bush track linking Botany Bay and Sydney Harbour, through its decades as one of Sydney’s busiest commercial centres, to its present-day life as an emerging hub of arts, culture and creativity.”
For more information, read the article on the City of Sydney’s website.
The Sydney Morning Herald has great photographs of the artists working and the finished murals here.