Over the past few years, Marrickville council has been busy playing cupid, pairing local property owners with artists who want an outdoor mural painted in an attempt to reduce graffiti on their exterior walls.
The program is called ‘Perfect Match’, and it has been gaining popularity since its inception in 2014, with 52 homeowners and 70 artists applying to participate this year.
Anyone who lives or frequents many inner west suburbs like Newtown or Marrickville knows that tagging and graffiti is a problem in the area. Illegible tags and sharpie scribbles may look cool to the 13-year-old badass who did them, but to the general public, it’s an eyesore.
Yep, it’s 2017, and I’m finally allowed to say that.
The days of that kind of graffiti being championed by disgruntled youth as a means of artistic expression are behind us. Lets call a spade an ugly, uninspired spade, and paint over it with a mural.
The program, which I like to think of as a council-backed form of Tinder, swipes till a match is made, then introduces homeowner with artist so they can collaborate on design. Once an agreement has been made, they submit the design to council for approval, and then it’s time to paint the town red. And green, and blue, and all the other colours.
The program creates huge exposure for many Sydney artists, as well as paid work. The council covers both a work fee and all painting supplies for the artist. This year’s chosen couples will debut their new romances in August across buildings throughout the inner-west, with painting beginning next month.
So, where can you find some of these murals? There are some that you’ve definitely seen (and probably Instagrammed) without knowing they were conceived by the Perfect Match program. Here’re a few of the best.
The Rallis Timber Cowboy mural by Fintan Magee, Marrickville Rd
Mural by Ears on Clara St, Stanmore
‘Promise’ mural by The OxKing, Lennox St, Newtown
‘Housing Bubble’ by Fintan Magee on Newtown’s Urban Hotel
Mural by Jumboist at the Asylum Seeker Centre, Newtown