Everyone recognises that fuchsia-pink building on Oxford Street in Darlinghurst.
As part of the Streetware program in 2012, the City of Sydney commissioned artist Reko Rennie to paint a mural on 1–5 Flinders Street. Always Was, Always Will Be was supposed to be a short-term piece but the work was so well received by the community that in November 2012 the council extended its stay for an additional five years.
Last year, the T2 building was sold and the artwork’s lifeline has sadly expired. While it’s sad to see it go, Rennie has been consulted and supports the decision to remove his work on November 20.
“Although this artwork holds significance to Sydney’s Indigenous community, it was not commissioned as part of the Eora Journey program that celebrates living culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities. It was always intended to be a temporary piece,” the City of Sydney said in a statement.