GRAFFITIDOWNUNDERGROUND

In leafy bushland on the urban fringe of an Australian city, a full roll of domestic cling film is stretched between two large gum trees to form a canvas. Away from the natural urban setting for graffiti and also any chance of arrest or interruption, a group of writers paint from memory, using low-grade silver paint and leftover cans to produce a stylised version of their tags, with the letters carefully interlocking. Clouds of propellant shine in the sunlight through the tree's canopy and the scene is tranquil, but the writers paint quickly for the thin plastic canvas is unstable, already shaking in the breeze and threatening to be ripped apart by loose twigs from the gums, as the chemical pigments and binders of the spray paint eat away at the polyvinyl chloride surface.

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Mandorla Art Award Neoterica Unley Museum Barossa Arts Festival