Party to launch Foley St artwork

The City's latest public art project, a 75-metre-long mural lining the walls of Foley Street, will be launched with a street party in Darlinghurst tonight, Friday 22 March.

The 15-metre-high temporary artwork, We Are Here, created by Australian street artists, illustrators and photographers, depicts some of the city's most significant people and events using paint, collage, drawing, paste-ups, stencils and photography.

Sydney artists Sarah Howell, Dylan Demarchi, The Dirt and Gui Andrade, and Canberra-based artist byrd each completed a different section of the artwork, exploring a particular event or moment in time. The sections are woven together by a common colour palette, featuring bold reds, purples and blues, and the use of repeating motifs, including sign language.

It is the latest project in the City's annual Streetware program, which last year included the stunning fluorescent makeover of the T2 building at Taylor Square by Aboriginal artist Reko Rennie.

Foley Street runs parallel to Oxford Street, connecting the northern side of Taylor Square to Oxford Square.

The mural covers the rear façade of 82-106 Oxford Street (the old Oxford Street Municipal Chambers) between Palmer and Crown streets, incorporating the façade's brickwork, roller doors, ducts, pipes, bars and grilles.

A map, available at Platform72 and other creative businesses in the area, has been produced to guide viewers through the artwork and provide background information on the events it depicts.

Foley Street will be closed to traffic for the launch, which will also feature food trucks, a DJ and pop-up bar. The event is part of Art Month's annual East Sydney and Darlinghurst precinct night, with a host of galleries, artist studios and creative spaces in the neighbourhood staying open until late.

The City is currently completing a program of improvement works on Foley Street, between Crown and Burton streets, including new paving and planting more street trees, to reactivate the area by improving safety and encouraging people to walk.

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