Mural makeover at Marrickville


Sydney Metro’s construction site at Marrickville has been transformed with a 125 metre mural.

The three-metre high temporary mural wraps around the site from Murray Street, along Edinburgh Road and onto Sydney Steel Road.

Sydney Metro’s tunnel builders John Holland CPB Ghella (JHCPBG) has brought together a diverse group of artists to collaborate on the mural project.

The artists’ team leader Tim Phibs said each artist brings their own distinctive style and work together to create one harmonious mural that interprets what makes up this unique part of Sydney.

“Creativity naturally gravitates towards the Inner West and it is no surprise that this area has fostered each artist at some point during their careers,” Mr Phibs said.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to showcase what we do and give back to this community. Public art is an important aspect in creating character and beauty for all to enjoy in the urban landscape.”

The mural uses patternmaking and symbolism to explore ideas including identity, First Nations people, native flora and fauna, and street art culture.

When forming the artistic team, Mr Phibs felt it was important to showcase a diverse mix of artists to represent the community, including strong female and Indigenous voices, and those who practice fine, street and abstract art.

The mural took two weeks to complete.

The mural design allows for future changes to the site layout. It will be a temporary feature in the landscape as the construction hoarding will eventually be removed, but is expected to remain in place until 2021.

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