Greek-inspired Perfect Match artwork unveiled
Tuesday 30 November 2021
Inner West community members have come together today to celebrate the unveiling of the latest Perfect Match artwork.
Hestia’s Migration depicts the ancient Greek goddess Hestia in the modern Australian context of the Greek migrant story.
The artist, OxKing (Steven Nuttall), who has lived in Marrickville for many years, collaborated with local property owners, residents and Greek community representatives on the concept.
“In the heart of ‘Little Greece’, my artwork depicts the ancient goddess Hestia, transposed within the modern Australian context of the Greek migrant story,” he said.
“Framed by a Greek pottery style and the green and gold colour scheme of classic Australiana, the art explores and pays tribute to the Greek community in modern day Marrickville, 200 years after their war for independence.
“Hestia, goddess of the home and hearth is depicted leaving her throne in Olympus to settle here in Marrickville where she lights her hearth fire anew for the families of the migrant community.
“She is framed with panels referencing the 1821 war for independence, Saint Nicolas, the migrant ship The Patrice and Greek food culture growing roots amongst Australian soil.
“The work also tributes Marrickville’s own rich history of clay, brickworks and pottery,” OxKing said.
Harry Prilis attended today’s unveiling celebration. He travelled to Australia on the boat depicted in the artwork. “I nearly cry when I saw this artwork,” he said.
“I travelled on this boat. I was 19 when I came here. I worked so hard when I first arrived here - after a couple of years I bring my family here, brothers and sisters, Mum and Dad.
“I love Australia and Marrickville is my village. To the Inner West Council we say thank you very much. To any Greek person seeing this beautiful artwork it will bring a lot of emotion.”
Perfect Match is a unique Council initiative tackling unwanted graffiti and fostering legitimate creative expression and art in public spaces.
The program brings artists, residents, businesses, property owners and community partners together to collaboratively create fantastic new street artworks in public places.
For a print quality image of today’s unveiling celebration, contact the Communication team.
For media enquiries, contact Elizabeth Heath, Media and Communications Coordinator, 9392 5334 or Elizabeth.Heath@innerwest.nsw.gov.au