On a recent, fleeting trip up north my dad said he wanted to show me some graffiti art in a laneway in down town Lismore. I don’t think I was expecting much. Not because the north coast isn’t filled with a ridiculous amount of talented, creative folk, because we all know it is, but more because after a childhood spent in the area, I just didn’t expect good ol’ Lismore to produce such a spectacular show.
So there we were, wandering around the unassuming back streets of, in many ways, a rather typical Australian country town, being treated to some top class graffiti art. I think these images prove yet again that boring concrete + skilfully produced art + a local community who are keen to brighten up their streets + a council who’ll support that = AWESOME! Oh and we can’t talk graffiti unless we chuck in a quote from the man himself, Banksy…
“Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall – it’s wet.” :)
Banksy, Wall and Piece
P.S. My humble apologies to the artists for not crediting you for your amazing work, but I don’t know who you are!