Bali Memorial – Frangipani Girl

Painted in 2003 by Droogie

More than 200 people, including 88 Australians, were killed in the bomb attack at the Sari Club, Kuta Beach Bali, on 12 October 2002. One victim was Bondi local, 15 year old Chloe Byron, on holiday in Bali with her family.

The ‘girl with the frangipani in her hair’ grew up on the beach at Bondi and was widely known through her active participation in many local sporting clubs. She surfed longboards with her dad, David Byron, off the third ramp at Bondi, on an 8 foot board she ‘borrowed’ from him.

In 2003, with the support of Chloe’s family, local aeorosol artists led by Droogie painted a memorial mural for Chloe at the third ramp on the Bondi Sea Wall.

Over the years since it was painted, the Chloe Memorial Mural has become a beloved part of the Bondi landscape. Incorporating a portrait of Chloe, along with elements of beach culture including a view of Bondi Beach, a longboard and frangipani flowers, the mural captures and reflects back elements of the active beach culture that was such an important part of Chloe’s life as she grew up in Bondi.

Droogie has repaired the mural multiple times since 2002 with Waverley Council funding its restoration in 2012 for the 10 year anniversary of the bombings.