A large-scale mural of AFL legend Adam Goodes has popped up on a building on the corner of Foveaux and Crown streets in Surry Hills. It was painted by Hamish McBride, Laura Paige, Megan Hales, Jacqueline Butterworth and Kailin Hegel from advertising agency and art studio Apparition Media.

"No one paid for the mural, no money at all was exchanged," Apparition Media co-founder Tyson Hunter tells Broadsheet. "Adam had absolutely nothing to do with it. We were originally supposed to paint the mural in February this year, but couldn't because of lockdown, and this was the first week the team were all available to paint it. The mural was to celebrate Adam as a legend of the game and a legend of a human."

Goodes began his AFL career playing for the Sydney Swans in 1999, until his retirement in 2015. Twice awarded the Brownlow Medal, the game's most prestigious award for individuals in Aussie Rules (along with many other accolades), Goodes was also named Australian of the Year in 2014.

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The football player, whose mother is an Indigenous Australian of Adnyamathanha and Narungga heritage, and whose father is of English, Irish and Scottish ancestry, has been outspoken on racial issues. This contributed to a campaign of booing at games, leading him to take indefinite leave from football, eventually retiring in 2015. The booing led to a national debate about racism, and Goodes's treatment by the AFL (which apologised in 2019 for not acting on the abuse he received from fans of the game).

Last year, two documentaries about the legend were released, The Final Quarter and The Australian Dream. Both focused on the racism directed at the player and his treatment at the hands of football fans.

The mural has been painted as Australia, along with the rest of the world, tackles its systemic discrimination against its Indigenous population and people of colour.