Residents of Sydney's inner west are in for a treat (again). In a move that gives local street artists a legal blank canvas, and property owners a say in what ends up on their walls, brand new street artworks have popped up all over the area.
It's all part of an annual council initiative called Perfect Match (running August 4 to 6) that pairs artists with residents and business owners to transform once-boring walls (the kind that tend to lure in spray can-toting taggers) into works of art. Owners were matched with artists and collaborated to commission the works.
If you've been wandering the streets of the inner west in the past week, you might have stumbled upon them mid-painting. If not, the council has organised a series of tours (by bike, bus, train or foot) over the weekend, showcasing the work. Alternatively, just download the Perfect Match program and map and take to the pavement — or stop by for a chat and a beverage at a meet the artists session.
It's all a proudly local, site-specific way to pretty up our streets. What a way to play Cupid.
Image: Askiew, Elixir Photography/Perfect Match.