Graffiti art

Sydney Water and Marrickville Council have joined forces against unsightly graffiti tagging in the area with a new street art project that’s supporting local talent.

Renowned street artist Sid Tapia of Camperdown has collaborated with Council and Sydney Water to reduce the graffiti problem in the Inner West and bring some colour to the local community by converting a 75 square meter concrete wall at Sydney Water’s stormwater channel in Sydenham into an amazing modern work of art (pictured above).

The initiative is part of Sydney Water’s Liveable Cities Strategy, which aims to improve local neighbourhoods and takes a creative approach to the issue of tagging.

Marrickville Mayor Jo Haylen said she particularly wants to discourage young people from tagging in dangerous places like around train lines and thought the collaboration with Sydney Water was a good fit with Council. Sydney Water’s ‘People and Places Manager,’ Sally Armstrong, also said the initiative would help prevent further graffiti in the area, and significantly reduce the future cost of removing graffiti.

Sid Tapia’s artwork is located at Railway Parade, Marrickville (just north of Sydenham Railway Station).