Bondi Beach Murals defaced with Swastikas

The Australian Jewish news reported this morning that a number of murals on the wall (including pieces by Reubzz) have been defaced overnight by vandals using Swastikas.

This is disgusting and a further example of the rise of Australian right-wing nationalism – we need to stand against racism of all kinds.

Fortunately, Waverley Council staff were down at lunchtime attempting to clean off these horrible symbols.

Fresh paint PLEASE!

So it looks like the winners (and yet-to-be-winners) of this season’s applications to paint the Bondi Beach Graffiti Wall have now been notified – with Ayla the Caveman stating that she was #bitterasfuck that she wasn’t selected.

One artist (Emma Carey) has started work this week – we will see another ten panels complete before Christmas and the remainder of the fifty five panels will be completed before the end of February.  Check out this intricate bit of work from Em’s Facebook page – I wonder if her wall work will be as detailed as this.

(update – Emma’s page is now live on Bondigraffiti.com HERE)

2016 Em Carey
2016 Em Carey

The council received over 140 applications to paint the wall this year – which once they rejected commercial or inappropriate applications, they short-listed, giving priority to new artists and whittled down to the chosen few.

If you didn’t succeed this time then there will be plenty of opportunity to apply again for the June 2017 intake, me – I just can’t WAIT for some new paint on the wall.

JH

Chloe: The girl with the frangipani in her hair

I had walked past this piece on the wall – and I had read about the Bali Bombings – and spoken to Droogie about why he painted the mural, but nothing made it really hit home until I was walking along the Bondi Beach Graffiti Wall one weekend and I saw Chloe’s Dad lay some frangipani flowers at the base of the Girl with the Frangipani in her hair artwork in her memory.

I didn’t even go up and say hello – I felt like I was intruding.

Rest in peace child.

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