Tamworth has been tagged by one of the best street graffiti artists in the country as the council looks to spruce up two areas, while deterring illegal graffiti at the same time.
Last month Port Macquarie-based artist Damon Moroney put his own twist on a nature -hemed landscape on a water tank at the Oxley Lookout, before returning this week to turn a Gipps Street playing fields tank into a colourful shrine to sport.
“I try to match and theme the art on the local surroundings,” he said.
“It does work as a deterrent to illegal graffiti, people respect the art and hopefully it looks good.”
The Iknograffix artist has been popular with councils all over the state, with many of his works on public display.
“It is always great to come back in 10 years and see it untouched, and the paint won’t fade for at least 10 years, either.”
Each tank takes two artists about 25 hours, and remarkably the self-taught spray painter doesn’t start with too much of a plan.
“I just like to turn up and go at it,” he said.
“I do google a few photos to get basic shapes and flows, but that is about it.”
Hopefully this is not the last the region will see of Mr Moroney, either.
“Council are thinking about doing a few more spots where illegal graffiti is happening, but I really want to attack some of the big silos you have around here.
“I have got all the tickets and really just want to give it a go – why not?”