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Embracing the street art scene of Byron Bay


With a few days off at a mates place and non-stop rain chucking itself down on Byron, I took to the streets in search of inspiration; colour I might normally find in nature around these fertile parts of Northern New South Wales. While the silvery hues of the ocean hold their own special appeal, it seems surfers in steamers were the only ones brave enough to connect with the Winter water temps right now and all was quiet on the streets.


In between frequent visits to this part of Australia nothing seems to change much, but lately there seems to be a prolific resurgence of street art, not particularly new in our main cities, but certainly intense for a small country town on the coast.


New colour seems to be demanding attention in out of the way places; everyday walls transformed in to all sorts of whimsical expression. The local football club now roars with screaming cats, local indigenous sports stars who’ve made it big, and nods to the coastal landscape in the shape of mega waves or psychedelic octopus.


Most people associate Byron with beach time, blue skies and Summer crowds, but there’s a darker creative edge to some of the back streets, and in my eyes it adds another important and more accessible layer to an often high priced local art scene. Under moody skies, the extra painted colour is especially cool, in an I-want-to-sit-in-cosy-restaurants-over-caffeinating-and-reading-books-next-to-the-fire kind of vibe.


Take a peak (below) at the fresh, and not so fresh colour currently gracing good ‘ol Byron town.


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