“In Surry Hills…the Darlinghurst area there is a really great piece right now…commemorating a woman who was raped in…this ally way,” she says. “…it was this beautiful pink cursive installation that went around the corner of the building and I thought that was really sensitive and lovely.”
“It makes you look at the environment in a different way and it makes your day go a little bit slower, especially in the city,” she continues.
Segal says, “I think something like tagging a person’s name is unarguably graffiti … even the more decorative types of tagging…I think the technical skill is impressive and in terms of murals…murals are incredible…I do consider them art.”
“Light rail bridge at Annandale, almost 30 metres long the bridge depicts iconic symbols of the area that became ingrained within the identity of the area,” says Tugwell. He continues, “I never carried any conviction…and never took action beyond allowing my mind a few brief moments to think about it [street art that provoked him].”
Actions taken by council and property owners with commissioning murals and networking with artists have shown cultural change within the street art landscape around Sydney. The Inner West Council’s ‘Perfect Match’ program is an example of funding street artwork.
“People are wanting to do street art as a means of giving back to the community and creating or expressing an identity or even provoking through there are ways to do that which aren’t illegal and don’t impose other people,” says Tugwell.
She continues, “If street art is too offensive, it can get taken down pretty easily because it’s in a public space and the public can’t “opt out” of seeing it because it’s right there for everyone to see…But if an artwork in an art gallery is offensive, it’s rare that it would get removed because the people that see it have to actively make a choice to see the work by visiting that gallery and buying a ticket.”