Sound walls on Memorial Drive to feature all things bright and beautiful

29 May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today announced that two local artists responsible for some of the Illawarra’s most-recognisable murals will soon have their work featured alongside the busy Memorial Drive.

Mr Ward said that Aboriginal artist Warwick Keen and non-Aboriginal artist Anthony Jones have been chosen to design and paint multi-coloured murals on a section of sound walls.

“This is an exciting opportunity for these artists to take part in an anti-graffiti initiative and have their work showcased to thousands of motorists each day,” Mr Ward said.

“Warwick Keen is an experienced artist from Nowra whose most-recent work includes the wall at Shellharbour City Hub as well as the mural outside the Wollongong Art Gallery.

“Anthony Jones of Urban Art Australia has produced a number of murals in Wollongong including on Crown Street and near Dapto Station and it’s great to have him on board with Warwick as part of this initiative.

“Both artists will design and paint a series of murals depicting Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal culture, heritage and environment to make it more difficult for vandals to tag the walls.”

Mr Ward said the sound barriers between Russell Street and Hopetoun Street have been defaced by graffiti in recent years and become a local eyesore.

“Roads and Maritime Services spends up to $100,000 a year to remove the graffiti.

“Roads and Maritime Services received more than a dozen inquiries from interested artists, with a total of five applications submitted by people wanting to take part in this anti-graffiti initiative and it’s hoped there can be more in the near future if this trial is successful,” Mr Ward said.

Painting of the sound barriers is expected to start next month and take around six weeks to complete, weather permitting.

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