Flashback Friday: E.L.K street art

As of 1 January 2018, the management of the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy transferred from In The City Canberra to the City Renewal Authority. Views expressed in these articles may not reflect the views of the Authority.

Six months ago, Petrie Plaza received one hell of a makeover. And six months on, that makeover has turned it into a work of (street) art.
Luke Cornish, a renowned artist formally known as E.L.K., along with nine other street artists, transformed Petrie Plaza. Using spray paint, stencils and their incredible creative talents to create a true masterpiece.

Luke’s work involves 85 layers of carefully cut pieces of acetate, which are used to stencil before layers of paint are sprayed on. This method means his art could almost be mistaken for photos. He feels that this sort of street art project offers a range of benefits. “The In The City Canberra art projects deter a lot of graffiti, also giving artists who do graffiti an outlet to practice their artwork”, said Luke. “When they start selling their artwork they can achieve a sense of empowerment.”

Projects like Petrie Plaza has helped to show the diverse nature of Canberra, with Luke taking advantage of our multicultural city. “I wanted to focus on inclusivity, so I took some photos of several community leaders from different ethnic backgrounds, which inspired the murals around the city”, he said.

CEO of In The City Canberra Jane Easthope agrees with Luke, and saying “projects like this add much needed vibrancy to our city, and people will keep on coming back to the city as long as we keep it attractive. They [the projects] demonstrate the diverse culture that Canberra has, and helps to show we aren’t just a city of politicians. Street art like this helps to achieve this.”

If you haven’t already, head down to Petrie Plaza and check out the amazing art located near the carousel!