Street art heads to Darwin

Darwin Street Art festival murals enliven city buildings

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NOW THAT'S BETTER: Artwork by touring street artist Elle.

NOW THAT'S BETTER: Artwork by touring street artist Elle.

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Streets gradually being transformed with great splashes of vibrant colour.

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CHERRY-PICKERSare taking over the Darwin CBD but not for any mass-scale construction work.

Street artists from all over the globe are flying into the Northern Territory for the third annual Darwin Street Art festival taking place from September 5-15.

Darwin's monochrome city buildings in the area bounded by Austin Lane, Bennett Street, West Lane and Knuckey Street are gradually being transformed with great splashes of vibrant colour.

In the first year, 2017, eight murals were painted on drab city building walls. Last year there were 16, including Andrew Bourke and Jesse Bell's stunning and powerful tribute to the legendary Gurrumul in Austin Lane.

This year 15 more will be painted over the 10-day period.

Visitors to Darwin can take a self-guided art walk of the city's public spaces that will take about two hours.

It includes artwork on the foyer of the Supreme Court foyer, contemporary stained glass windows in the Christ Church Cathedral and the Chinute Chinute, a Larrakia spiritual ancestor, which manifests itself as the tawny frogmouth and stands sentinel in the waterfront area.

darwinstreetfestival.com.au

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