My Australian Journey #6: More murals

I didn’t really venture too far out of the CBD when I was living in Sydney, other than where I lived in Crows Nest. So this is a rare picture from one of the surrounding suburbs, when I stumbled upon a piece of artwork that has actually been around for a while.


This piece has been around since 1983. A pretty long time if you ask me! I know there was a planned restoration looking back at my post from October 2017 however I am not sure if this has happened.

The artists name is Carol Ruff, and from the linked article I added to the post above I found the following:

Artist Carol Ruff played a key role in planning, designing and painting the 40,000 years mural in 1983. She explains how the now faded original images pay tribute to Redfern’s powerful Aboriginal history of abundance, tragedy, perseverance and accomplishment.

The salient message, “40,000 years is a long, long time/ 40,000 years still on my mind …” is inspired by Joe Geia’s song, “40,000 Years”. “We were trying to say that even before Redfern, Aboriginal people have been there, have been in that area, have known this country, this place,” Ms Ruff said.

40,000 years is a hell of a long time. It helps me to realise that 1983- the time the artwork was created- was just yesterday. I cannot even comprehend that amount of time, not to mention what life was like back then. No highrises dominating the skyline, none of the technology we take for granted today. And with that, what will life be like 40,000 years into the future? I don’t know what is a more interesting question, as both have their mysteries.

If you had to choose from two time machines, would you want to take a look at life 40,000 years ago, or 40,000 years into the future? For me it would be the future, with fingers crossed that it is a good time to be around.

Let me know!


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I don’t know if I have blogged about this before

I love having a wander around the city. Any city. I think the benefit of these big city wanders is the inspiration I receive. In a city, I am constantly getting ideas from other people. It is all inspiration I soak up from people. Architecture, art, music, protests… all human influences. A walk in the countryside often makes me look within and question our nature. Cities are filled with people interpreting that nature in a thousand different ways.

This mural on Pitt Street is an example of why I like these unplanned wanders. I have been to this corner before, ask me how I got here or how to get to it again and I wouldn’t be able to. The mural above me is a very interesting one and one I had to research.

The Peace, Justice and Unity mural was created by Public Art Squad in 1984. It was painted over in 2001 during restoration work on the building and shortly after this the group responsible for the artwork were successful in obtaining a government grant to redo it.  Bob Carr, the Premier of New South Wales at the time, said…

“The scale of the mural and its enduring themes of peace and racial harmony will once again be an important reminder of the kind of community in which we all strive to live,”

Donations for the 80’s installment and the 21st century repaint came courtesy of the local council, churches and charity organisations. So that is something new I have learned today, thanks to the internet I can do more than just look at a piece of art. I don’t like to interpret it in my own way, I prefer to know the story behind it from the artists themselves. On their website, the summary for this mural reads:


Peace and racial harmony are the themes here, who could be mad at that?

Consciously Obeying versus Subconsciously Conforming

“The idea of consciously obeying versus subconsciously conforming has been something that’s important to me.

It’s designed to encourage people to question whether they agree with what they’re confronted with.”


These are the words of the artist that created this piece, 47 year old Shepard Fairey, and more can be read about this specific mural here.

I like the piece, it catches my attention every time in a city that does not really have much street art to view, not on this scale at least.

What do you think of it?