“I was down there working on our building one day and this guy came running across the street and said, “does that building belong to you? I love that wall, that’s my favourite wall in the whole of Wollongong”. That was Simon Grant and at the time he was doing the Wonderwalls project and he said, he’d love to put a mural on the wall.
“I said to Simon, I really want something that suits it, I don’t really want taggy writing, it’s already sort of rough. He said, ‘I think you’re going to like this guy’, and he showed me what Guido van Helten had done for Wonderwalls on a building in Wollongong that was about four stories high – it’s of a Timorese refugee man holding a baby. And my husband, who was really concerned about what the image was going to be, he was overseas on a surfing trip and I texted him that picture and he’s ‘oh my gosh, that’s amazing’, so we just let him do whatever he wanted.”
– Toni Noud, property owner, 1 Nov 2017
Photo of the old Whiteway Theatre site today by Nina Kourea