Title: Goddess of Paranoia.

Melbourne, 2015 – 100% Spray Paint

Sometimes under stress from day-to-day life and the fact of making ends meet for the man, I like to look up, and imagine; that water will flow through my mind and wash the bullshit away. This goddess resembles these moments. Anyhow, moving on to the story behind this piece…

Kingship x Co. in the Melbourne CBD approached us to paint the front section of their Cafe. The main purpose was to deter vandalism on the building whilst creating a colourful vibe in the front decking area.  The project was successful, saving the owner from constantly maintaining the wall.

In the end, the Melbourne City council used pressure tactics, forcing the owner to change the mural something that signified Melbourne such as a ‘tram’. With their ways to censor work that isn’t their cup of tea, they managed to contact the owner and request a ‘tram’ be painted. Eventually, it was declined by the owner to change the mural to a ‘tram’. So, the council sent a painter and forced the owner to repaint the walls or pay a fine. All the while, that same council commissioned other artists to paint a ‘tram’ directly opposite this wall the same day. Whoever sorted that out for Melbourne City Council, well…gfkd

“Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? 15 Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace.” – Daniel 3

The story of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego from the Bible book of Daniel 6 tells us of three Jewish boys who refused to bow down to the King of Babylon.