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Lone artist MEKS surveys his work on Sunday morning before starting on the next secition of wall. Photo Eve Jeffery
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Eve Jeffery

Renowned graffiti artists using a new line of eco-friendly spray paint came together for a joint artistic enterprise in Byron Bay over the weekend.

They indulged themselves in their passion to complete a colourful mural 60 metres long and eight metres tall now adorning the building on the corner of Ewingsdale Road and Bayshore Drive.

The Byron Bay Sugar Jam celebrated the release of Ironlak’s new eco-friendly line of spray paint: Sugar Artists’ Acrylic.

Over 150 visitors came to see the artists in action throughout the day despite heavy showers threatening to cancel the event.

The event was organised by Andy Sachs and Luke Shirlaw from Ironlak Spray Paints, who brought in six graffiti artists Askew from New Zealand, Meks, Treas and Quench from BASIX, Murwillumbah, and John Kaye from the Gold Coast.

The Boardshop’s Tony Gembeck came to check the work with organisers Luke Shirlaw and Andy Sachs (front) from Ironlak, and New Zealand artist Askew. Photo Eve Jeffery.
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With music provided by  Green Nose, Desmond Cheese, Drop Legs (with guest appearance from Dave Dog), and Butcher, the main attraction was  the live painting of a massive wall by a hand-selected group of graffiti artists, some of whom are sponsored by Ironlak – Askew, Meks and Treas are members of the Ironlak Family, who are an international collective of influential artists representing Australia’s first aerosol art paint.

‘We wanted to invite the community to come and watch the wall be painted and be entertained by the music’, said Shirlaw.

‘Despite the rain we had over 150 plus come through during the day and we consider the event a huge success.’

Luke says that The Boardshop’s Tony Gembeck was a great help organising permission to paint the wall and the event was to provide the local art community with a live graffiti demonstration from some of Australia’s best graffiti artists.

‘We feel that the ethos of Sugar is very in line with the mentality of the people of Byron Bay which is why we wanted to hold this special launch event in the region’, he said. ‘We also had special guest Askew from New Zealand who is internationally renowned.’

 


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10 COMMENTS

  1. This is legitimate art and gives so much life and feeling to places that are often forgotten and empty. Good on Lismore and Byron for giving these artists and chance and a place to shine!

  2. I love it, there should be more street art in the Byron shire. We have such a huge pool of artistic talents in the area, we should be celebrating the creativity! So much nicer than looking at a dead corporate concrete wall which will get scribbled on anyway. So why not allow artists to do it properly!

  3. It’s not art its a company! Byron Bay is just a gimmick. How come when ironlak had their tins banned in Europe for containing toluene they kept selling the stuff to Aussies. Some US companies wouldn’t sell it on principle but Australia was none the wiser, thanks ironlak why don’t you do us a favour and make some recycling bins for all your empty tins people leave in waterways.

  4. People make me annoyed you think you know everything careerists writing papers on how its a sell out I bet you are working on an assignment right now about your favourite street artists Banksy. you think spray paint in Byron Bay is going to destroy the ozone. Crazy you are wrong hippy. And this is for Byron Bay not a company! oh what about a spray can recycling for every company that makes paint at least they are making theirs better for the environment. Good one ironlak top stuff sugar! peace to my homie Dyms for his work! Nuff said!

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