Many Mural, Sydney
2019 Winner: Best Utility Art
Up until now Sydney’s premier beach suburb, Manly, has been defined by its natural assets - impressive beaches and surf breaks, coastal walks, ocean pools, marine reserves, North Head National Park and Manly Harbour. Now there's a new kind of attraction making its mark on Manly.
Sunset Dreaming is a mammoth 75-metre-long mural created to beautify The Corso, the main pedestrian thoroughfare that links the famous Manly Ferry with the equally famous beach.
Commissioned by Northern Beaches Council, it was painted by Patrick Hunter AKA Inkhunter in sections that allow for it to be re-purposed in the future to draw visitors to various parts of Manly. Each section features animals, objects or nature features that have helped put Manly on the international visitor's must-see list: fish, ferries, waves, water, surfers and frangipani flowers. Even fairy penguins!
Manly boasts the only mainland breeding colony of Little Penguins (their official name) left anywhere in NSW. Made up of only about 60 breeding pairs, these tenacious tenants have become a Manly icon and can often be seen around the Manly Wharf between July and February.
That's not all that Manly hosts. This happening place is known for its music scene and during the painting of Sunset Dreaming that included "Beats and Brushes" pop up street events where visitors chilled out on deck chairs while a DJ played music and Inkhunter made mural magic.
Punch in the mural's hashtag #ManlyVibes to check out more about this artwork, Inkhunter or other special events in Manly.
Where? Along The Corso in Manly, adjacent to Darley Rd.
Best viewing times: Anytime is cool, and be aware that this mural is made to move so keep your eyes peeled for more information.