IT WAS ALL WORTH checking the weather forecast daily for. A short ferry ride from Darling Harbor and we were in Cockatoo Island, which had, for the first time in its existence, experienced being invaded, vandalized and violated with urban artworks from all over the world.
The first and largest gathering of street art in the Southern Hemisphere, the Outpost Project on Cockatoo Island showcased works by over 150 artists, including Banksy's stencils, ROA's paste-ups and Anthony Lister's installations, amongst other stickered, aerosoled, sculpted, painted and cup-rocked artworks strewn about.
Skate clinics, pop-up bars and artist battles also rotated weekends, though as you can see I attended none and instead sampled some pie and chips from the island's local canteen. Takeaway? Food shack?
I'm glad to be of the many who can, through projects like these, appreciate street art in a clean, secure and accessible location. But I can't deny wondering: doesn't the curating and exhibiting of street art in a venue contradict its very essence?
The Outpost Project from Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, outpost.cockatooisland.gov.au Photos by Lady San Pedro.