Maylands: mural created for Maylands Street Festival painted over

Task, the artist, beside his work.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie   d453636
Task, the artist, beside his work. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d453636

ONLY a week after street artists Task and Showbiz brought to life a drab grey wall in Maylands, the mural has been painted over.

The work was created as part of Local Arts and Community Events Incorporated’s Maylands Street Festival, attended by more than 20,000 people.

Some 14 street artists transformed building walls, including the piece in the laneway behind the Harcourts building, understood to have been painted over last Wednesday.

Art curator Leo Flavel, of Studio 281, said while they had permission from the tenant, Harcourts, the building’s owner, did not know about the work.

“We had support from the tenant, we just need that third signature,” he said.

“I painted over it – the owner wanted to sorted by Friday.

“It’s not a renaissance painting; it’s a mural, temporary art, we’re used to getting painted over.”

Mr Flavel said the building owner had asked them to submit a proposal to spray a piece and invited the artists to come back once the design was approved.

He said a piece by top street artists like Task and Showbiz would significantly reduce the amount of unwanted tagging on the laneway wall.

“The laneway is continually hit by taggers; no one is going to graffiti the wall again,” he said.

Mr Flavel said he had booked another eight Maylands mural jobs since the festival, including with North Perth artist Daek William, who painted a woman with flowing hair on the side of Gemma’s Hair and Beauty Spa.

Harcourts Maylands director John Caputo said the street art made Maylands more welcoming and friendly. “It looked better than a grey wall,” he said.