Snapchat filter puts suburb’s mural message in frame
Now they see a professional do the mural and they don’t want to vandalise it anymore
COLYTON has moved into the digital sphere and is one of a handful of suburbs across Sydney with its own Snapchat filter.
For those who aren’t phone-addicted millennials, Snapchat is a fast-growing social platform with 150 million users where posts can only be viewed for a few seconds before they are deleted.
Now Snapchat users in Colyton will be able to display their local pride online by adding the Colyton filter to pictures they send to their friends.
The purple filter, which is activated via the location of the user’s phone, is the digital reincarnation of a new mural painted on the side of Deep’s Supermarket on the corner of Carpenter St and Bennett Rd.
The mural was part of the Team Colyton neighbourhood renewal project and was designed to deter people from tagging the wall.
Once the mural was added, fewer people have sprayed graffiti on the wall, according to supermarket manager Billy Singh.
“People used to come along and spray that wall all the time – it had to be cleaned so often,” Mr Singh said.
“But the very next day people would come back and graffiti on it again.
“Now they see a professional do the mural and they don’t want to vandalise it anymore.”
Shop owner Benny Singh said the wall looked much better now and he was thankful for the councilbacked program.
“The artist was donated by council, we are thankful for that,” he said. “It definitely looks better now.”
Well-known paste-up artist Mandy Shoene-Salter put the mural on the wall, which is a mix of painted elements and glued-on material.
To design the mural she combined ideas from Colyton residents in park consultation sessions and with Year 9 students at Colyton Trade High School.
Team Colyton co-chairwoman Joanne Neil said her son Tim organised the Snapchat filter after being inspired by the mural.
Journalist Elisha Pearce uses the Colyton geo-filter.