ELK’s wall post gets publicity

Luke Cornish (ELK)’s Welcome To Bondi piece features 24 Border Security Guards and represents the 24 suicides in detention since 2010 – it has certainly been creating waves.

Leon Goltsman, a Liberal councillor on Waverley Council ranted on Facebook and ABC Radio Sydney he wants the mural removed because the area shouldn’t be politicised:

“People come down to the beach, they’re bringing their children, they’re bringing their families. We’ve got tourists. If they want to see this kind of art they go to the gallery, they’ve got the exhibition. They’re not expecting this. Kids are being traumatised.”

But Leon is in the minority – most of the commentators seem to back Luke’s bravery in bringing this issue to the public eye.

Maybe the people who hate the image are struggling with their sense of shame.

Peque Vrs Paints WAYS

If you’re checking out the street art on the Bondi wall, take the time to head up Wairoa Avenue – Mexican street artist Peque Vrs has done an amazing job of repainting the front of the Waverley Council WAYS – (Waverley Youth Services) building.

His work features two guys driving off in a convertible and a girl surrounded by the words:

  • Success
  • Confident
  • Opportunity
  • Inspired

WAYS has supported the youth of Bondi – including its budding street artists – for over twenty years.