BEAUFORT STREET locals joined in the rainbow rebellion Sunday, chalking a colourful crosswalk on Grosvenor Road, but they only got three-quarters through before police rocked up to put a halt to the illicit chalking.
Beaufort Street Network members drew the rainbow as part of a nation-wide response to the NSW government’s removal of a rainbow crosswalk in Sydney.
NSW roads minister Duncan Gay cited safety concerns as the reason for its removal, after people had been sitting and lying down to pose for photos.
In response, guerrilla rainbows have been popping up across Australia.
Network member Mel McVee took part in the local chalking and told the Voice, “I’m also an artist so having large installations like that pulled down because they’re too popular is quite annoying”.
She says it’s “frustrating” to have been stopped by police mid-creation. “There were holes in the middle!” she laughs.
After being stopped the group headed off for coffee but the police car stuck around for another half-hour.
Network chair John Carey says the group was simply trying to add a little colour to the street: At 9am on a Sunday the road was pretty quiet (it’s a loop and only leads to a carpark).
“The event brought quite a few people together who didn’t know each other, so it was in the end a really positive event.”
The Voice contacted the cops to ask whether a car hanging about for 30 minutes to prevent disorderly chalking was the best possible use of resources, but no-one got back to us.
by DAVID BELL