Professional mural artist Russell Fenn and assistant Callie Marshall work on transforming the alleyway wall into a giant surfing mural.
Professional mural artist Russell Fenn and assistant Callie Marshall work on transforming the alleyway wall into a giant surfing mural.

CBD alleyway to be transformed

A community project spearheaded by Byron United will soon see a dilapidated and ugly alleyway in Byron Bay’s CBD transformed into a work of art.


From ‘spew’ alley – as it is known – to ‘surf’ alley, the aerosol art project is expected to be completed by early October.


An initiative of Byron United and supported by Byron Youth Service, the project will see two long walls in the alleyway transformed into giant surfing murals.


The project is being sponsored by Sportsgirl with assistance from La La land, Billabong and Sportspower.


Byron United executive officer Diana Ricketts said the walls would depict Byron Bay’s historic and renowned surfing culture.


“There will also be an honour roll of the town’s influential surfers,” she said.


“The alleyway is disgusting, and Byron United is supporting a zero tolerance to graffiti, so we hope that by enhancing this area with aerosol artworks, it will deter any more graffiti in the area.”


The alleyway artwork is being carried out by professional mural artist Russell Fenn, of Brisbane, with assistance from Callie Marshall, of Byron Bay.


Russell said the mural would be extremely colourful and would pay tribute to the Bay’s old surfers.


Byron United has plans to transform the bin area behind shops in the Lawson Street North car park with another aerosol artwork project.


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