Darwin Street Art

Larrakia indigenous silo art

The Larrakia people are the traditional owners of the Darwin region. Indigenous art work is dotted around in many places – not just in galleries and museums. We unexpectedly came across this beautifully painted silo in the boondocks.

Often referring to themselves as ‘Saltwater People,’ they had a vibrant traditional society based on a close relationship with the sea and trade with neighbouring groups. The art work is rich with symbolism. Clinton Gaykamangu, a Larrakia artist, says that ‘… I want people to understand the symbols in my art that I am allowed to share with people, some meaning I cannot share as it is sacred. When someone purchases my artwork I need them to understand the meaning of that piece, as it more than just painting, it is the law, discipline, self-esteem, world view and creating the balance of life between wrong and right.’

The buildings here are very colourful. If nothing else, many of the apartment blocks feature splashes of block colour, giving a feeling of tropical vibrancy.

Darwin’s first street art festival  The Walls that Talk, took place in October 2017.  The intitiative saw leading Australian artists collaborating with local artist to paint eight Darwin CBD buildings and walls with images unique to the Territory.

It, of course, is not the only urban art that captures the eye and imagination as you travel around this city and its outskirts.


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There is much here to delight the senses.


©  Raili Tanska

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