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Seen these? Rebel rainbows hitSydney streets

Ever since Oxford Street’s famous Rainbow Crossing was torn up on Wednesday night, disappointed Sydneysiders has taken it upon themselves to colour the streets with their own rebellious replacements.

It all started the morning after the original Rainbow Crossing was removed.

Throughout the day on Thursday, rainbow flags led the way across Oxford Street, leading to Taylor Square’s little green island, where lots of sweet little flags popped up. It was Richard Savvy’s idea, proudly supported by the Sydney Mardi Gras crew, who have their office nearby on the strip.


Meanwhile over at Commonwealth Lane in Surry Hills, James Breko Brechney and his mates Kelly & Wladi got their colourful chalks out.

“It was really sad to see the State Government rip up the Rainbow Crossing,” Brechney tells Same Same. “France and Uruguay legalised gay marriage this week and we can’t even seem to paint a strip of bitumen in Sydney!

“So I got some chalk from a local bookstore and thought we’d create a great tribute to the end of the actual crossing. We had no idea the idea would take off and I’m so thrilled today to see DIY Rainbow Crossings popping up in Paddington, Alexandria and Newtown! It’s a chalk revolution!”

Today rebellious rainbow artists struck again – this time in Surrey Street, on the corner of Darlinghurst’s busy cuisine hotspot Victoria Street.

The crew at ShairSpace spa claimed responsibility. “Because we were cross about the crossing, we made one ourselves,” they declared.

Painter Timothy Stone says the guerilla art job looks impressively permanent but “can be removed with a bucket of water.”

“Unfortunately that makes it only as permanent as the one that graced Taylor Square,” he added wryly.

The crew of FBI Radio in Redfern also decorated their front entrance – rolling out their chalked-up rainbow carpet!


The back laneway of the Newtown Hotel was next location to reveal its rainbow colours today. Here’s what Buckland Lane looks like now:

And well done Railway Square RHA!

Later in the day, Paul Smith sent us this sweet photo of a crayon rainbow drawn under the word LOVE in Chippendale:

Here’s Amanda Somerville’s snap of a rebel rainbow in Camperdown Park. Complete with cute doggie!

And guess what? There’s even a very cheeky one outside Roads Minister Duncan Gay’s Office in Farrer Place, Sydney City:

Let us know if you see any more rainbowing with pride! Email us your photos – hello@staff.samesame.com.au . There’s also more on the DIY Rainbow Crossings Facebook page.

And don’t forget there’s also a Rainbow Laneway in Chippendale that’s been there for a year now. See it here.

Have fun – and be safe! Watch for traffic, and to avoid graffiti penalty drama, ensure you use materials which are easily washed away.

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Justin Seputra

Justin Seputra said on the 12th Apr, 2013

I wish they did it with pain, piss the government off :) Whats the worse they could do? (If they didn't catch the one who did it)

blaah

blaah said on the 12th Apr, 2013

Great work. Keep it up!

ammonite

ammonite said on the 12th Apr, 2013

if anyone's interested there's a lot of street art resources online... including advice for clandestine activities.

The_Freak

The_Freak said on the 12th Apr, 2013

And now for our "musical interlude"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTGW3VLDZGo


We now return you to normal programming ...........

:eek::eek::D

DavoJimbo

DavoJimbo said on the 12th Apr, 2013

"Oh WOW , gee, we are sooooo radical , you know , like real activists with our pastel chalk..." This is really going to piss em off....


freaky, i don't know what is scarier, that song, or the fact that you knew it existed :-)

pete1000

pete1000 said on the 12th Apr, 2013

GREAT !! love it
The more rainbows painted over Sydney the better!

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 12th Apr, 2013



Wish they did it with pain or paint Mr Septura! :)

iCraig2

iCraig2 said on the 12th Apr, 2013

Sydney (the World) needs more Rainbows

marrymegay

marrymegay said on the 12th Apr, 2013

We have just decided we are going to chalk a street in RANDWICK tomorrow. https://www.facebook.com/marrymegay

pete1000

pete1000 said on the 12th Apr, 2013

From the smh today
"It was really sad to see the state government rip up the rainbow crossing. France and Uruguay legalised gay marriage this week and we can't even seem to paint a strip of bitumen in Sydney," Mr Brechney said.

pete1000

pete1000 said on the 12th Apr, 2013

Go for it
Paint every street with a rainbow
Maybe even Julia can come and help

JayTee

JayTee said on the 12th Apr, 2013

GREAT !! love it
The more rainbows painted over Sydney the better!

At last we agree on something. Horaaayyyyy!!

JayTee

JayTee said on the 12th Apr, 2013



No I think chalk is better because it gets the protest message across in a fun whimsical way and there is no way people will be charged with vandalism for it. The same can not be said about paint. That would give our enemies fuel against us.

pete1000

pete1000 said on the 12th Apr, 2013

"It was really sad to see the state government rip up the rainbow crossing. France and Uruguay legalised gay marriage this week and we can't even seem to paint a strip of bitumen in Sydney,"

zebra23

zebra23 said on the 12th Apr, 2013

Hey guess what...us stupid Aussies can walk and chew gum at the same time, so don't worry your pretty little head :)

ernesto_1

ernesto_1 said on the 12th Apr, 2013

why o why dint they paint down one section of the footpath? those stupid bitches.. i want a rainbow runway !!!! im sure all the queens would love strutting from shift to stonewall in their skanky outfits!

NATEE

NATEE said on the 13th Apr, 2013

A truly diverse state, acceptance and tolerance, love all the color. Well done people of Sydney you do us Australians proud :)

local_warming

local_warming said on the 13th Apr, 2013



Perhaps not everyone cares about symbolism (im not talking about the rainbow crossing either)

NewFarmer

NewFarmer said on the 14th Apr, 2013

Wish there was a way to give the guys who started this a medal. So clever and nice. easily best campaign of the year

DavoJimbo

DavoJimbo said on the 14th Apr, 2013

a medal made out of faerie floss that will dissolve in the first rain ?

The_Freak

The_Freak said on the 15th Apr, 2013

"Oh WOW , gee, we are sooooo radical , you know , like real activists with our pastel chalk..." This is really going to piss em off....


freaky, i don't know what is scarier, that song, or the fact that you knew it existed :-)


I only remember this song, Mr DavoJimbo because drag artiste, M/s Cindy Pastel use to perform it at the old Patchs nightclub (which then became DCM, now a Mediterranean restaurant, I've heard) back in the 1980s.

Her performance was a hoot so when everyone was talking about "rainbows"

It triggered a "flashback"..............

LOL

:):p:D

DavoJimbo

DavoJimbo said on the 15th Apr, 2013

i am too young to have those sorts of ailments...just saying LOL

The_Freak

The_Freak said on the 15th Apr, 2013



I suspect, Mr DavoJimbo that my "flasbacks" were originally caused by a flatmate in the 1980s who played "I Know What Boys Like" by The Waitresses on the record player, endlessly.

It traumatised my 20s.

Just flasbacking .......... :eek::eek::D