A small street in the central Sydney suburb of Chippendale is now a lot more colourful, thanks to a mysterious group of artistic activists.
A section of Paints Lane, located near the corner of Shepherd and Pine Streets, now features cobbled blocks of rainbow colours and the words REMEMBER and CELEBRATE at the ends. A nearby wall was also magically brightened up.
The painters – who wish to remain anonymous – tell Same Same that their work was initially inspired by the Sydney Mardi Gras name change, which removed the words ‘Gay and Lesbian’.
They aimed to put back ‘the queer’ back into Sydney during Mardi Gras, through remembering and celebrating those that ‘paved’ the way for the wonderful freedoms and lives we have today – remembering and celebrating the whole rainbow – a symbol of community and the diversity within the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer and straight community.
They say the action aims to bring a touch of queer magic to the neighbourhood, but is also an act of rainbow activism about reclaiming the streets as a wonderful, accepting and safe place to be.
Same Same’s Melbourne editor Travis De Jonk explains how he accidently discovered the scene a couple of weeks ago: “Basically, my friends and I were walking home from Mardi Gras, and we saw a few people working away in the dark of the alleyway. We stopped by and watched as they worked.
“Even in the dark, the colours were bright. I had a brief chat with them and they told us to come back the next day to see the finished work. Then they asked us to leave so we wouldn’t draw more attention.
“We woke up the next day and headed down to the laneway. It was huge! And so brightly coloured. We took pictures and posed with it. What a great addition to the area!”
More street art action is being planned, but the details have not been revealed to us. So I guess we’ll have to wait and see what else these rainbow revolutionaries have in store for us – keep your eyes peeled and let us know if you see anything.