Seven Oxford Streets across Australia have been given a rainbow wash to celebrate Mardi Gras, which is held annually in Sydney’s LGBTQ+ centre of Oxford Street. At Bondi Park, Bondi, another installation has a signpost pointing to all 123 Oxford Streets around the country.
The works include a colourful Hills Hoist with fake cockatoos and akubras in East Bunbury, Western Australia, named “I’m Spinning Around” after the song by gay icon Kylie Minogue. There’s also a signpost sticking out of a rainbow puddle in Berry Springs, Northern Territory.
They’ve been created by ANZ, which has in the past installed glittery “GAYTMs” during the Mardi Gras festival. The bank’s aim is to promote inclusivity, even for those who aren’t attending the parade or any event.
“Being open about your whole identity is something that all Australians should be comfortable doing, and yet our research shows that this is not the case,” ANZ Australia’s group executive Mark Hand said in a statement.
“At ANZ we believe that the same pride and inclusion experienced at the nation’s largest LGBTIQ+ celebration on Oxford Street in Sydney belongs on all streets and in all communities.”
The other installations can be found at Oxford Streets in Mittagong, NSW; Deep Lead, Victoria; Rockhampton, Queensland; East Launceston, Tasmania; and Port Pirie Regional Tourism and Arts Centre, South Australia.