In April 2013, Kate Wake and a group of friends teamed together to chalk their own DIY rainbow at Summer Hill in NSW. Their first DIY rainbow was washed away by the council, and a second one was chalked by Kate after obtaining a Council art permit, however that too was soon ‘accidentally’ washed away by council workers.
Fast forward six months to Sunday, November 3, and Summer Hill unveiled Australia’s first permanent DIY rainbow as a result of the the DIY rainbow movement created by James Breko Brechney.
The Star Observer spoke with Brechney about the unveiling of Summer Hill’s permanent rainbow on Sunday:
“It was so lovely to see the community out and embracing it. I wish we could see LGBTI rainbows installed all over Australia.
I haven’t really had too much time to process it all but it’s just such a testament to the DIY rainbow movement that the local community with the help of the Facebook page have got the Council to create this beautiful LGBT monument in the space of just 6 months.
Now the challenge is for the City of Sydney to catch up and replace our much missed Oxford Street rainbow crossing with something equally as fabulous.”