NICE TAG: Sydney artists Zap, Jumbo and Bafcat pictured with the work they have created for The Rainbow Power Company in Nimbin. Below are examples of their earlier artwork.
NICE TAG: Sydney artists Zap, Jumbo and Bafcat pictured with the work they have created for The Rainbow Power Company in Nimbin. Below are examples of their earlier artwork. Patrick Gorbunovs

A spray of street art

THE Rainbow Power Company building at Nimbin is getting an artistic lift, thanks to three men named Jumbo, Zap and Bafcat, aka Andrew, Alex and Mitch.

 

The three artists, who specialise in graffiti and street art, travelled from Sydney and, while here, took the time to help spruce up the Rainbow Power Company Building by painting a colourful mural.

One of the directors of Rainbow Power Company, Karen Welsh, said the company was thankful the guys from Jumbo Street Artists were volunteering their services and time to do a good deed for Nimbin.

Ms Welsh said the mural will be placed on the eastern wall of the building, which at the moment is quite bare.

"We had this large, dull, grey space on the wall, this will certainly enhance that space," she said.

The idea came about, Jumbo said, after an employee of the Rainbow Power Company mentioned the possibility of doing an artwork.

Work of graffiti artists Jumbo, Zap and Bafcat
Work of graffiti artists Jumbo, Zap and Bafcat

 

"The idea gelled and we jumped at it," Jumbo said.

He said they'd painted the piece as an environmental artwork to fit with the themes and surrounds at the Rainbow Power Company.

"We wanted to make sure we kept a synergy between the artwork and the company."

The three artists, who have been involved in street art for between five and 25 years, said they loved the type of art because it allowed them to broadcast their ideas.

"I think it's a communal thing as well, you tend to go in groups and collaborate a lot - and you get to interact with people on the street, which is always nice and interesting," Andrew said.

"And another great thing is it's visible to anyone - anyone can see it, and so it's democratic in that way - it's not restrictive."

"And everything you do is different."



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