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article image‘DIY’ or 'guerilla' rainbow crossings appear across Sydney Special

By Richard Milnes     Apr 17, 2013 in Entertainment
Sydney - After the removal of the Rainbow Crossing at Taylor Square on Oxford Street in the heart of Sydney's gay and lesbian district on Wednesday night, a week ago, reports have emerged of ‘DIY’ rainbow crossings appearing around Sydney.
A zebra crossing (pedestrian crossing) at the Taylor Square junction of Oxford Street had been painted with the rainbow flag for the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, which took place on 2 March. Originally it was planned for the rainbow crossing to remain for 30 days, but some had campaigned for it to become a permanent fixture.
The total cost of the project was estimated to be around $110,000, which included video surveillance costs and the cost of removing the paint.
The original rainbow crossing at Taylor Square on Oxford Street in the heart of Sydney s gay and les...
The original rainbow crossing at Taylor Square on Oxford Street in the heart of Sydney's gay and lesbian district, pictured as crowds line the route before the start of Mardi Gras parade.
The rainbow crossing at Taylor Square on Oxford Street in the heart of Sydney's gay and lesbian district was removed at a cost of around $30,000, despite a last ditch-appeal for the O'Farrell government to change its mind. Roads Minister Duncan Gay insisted the crossing posed a "horrendous" safety risk, by encouraging pedestrians to pose for photographs in the way of traffic.
The crossing at Taylor Square pictured after the removal of the rainbow crossing. It is now just bla...
The crossing at Taylor Square pictured after the removal of the rainbow crossing. It is now just black tarmac.
As a form of rebellion or protest ‘DIY’ or ‘guerilla’ rainbow crossings made with chalk have appeared at various locations around the city. There have also been reports of rainbow crossings appearing elsewhere in Australia and even in other countries.
A ‘DIY’ rainbow crossing spotted outside 94 Oxford Street  in the heart of Sydney s main gay and...
A ‘DIY’ rainbow crossing spotted outside 94 Oxford Street, in the heart of Sydney's main gay and lesbian district, just to the east of the central business district (CBD).
A ‘DIY’ rainbow crossing spotted outside 17 Bridge Road in Glebe  in Sydney’s trendy inner-wes...
A ‘DIY’ rainbow crossing spotted outside 17 Bridge Road in Glebe, in Sydney’s trendy inner-west.
A ‘DIY’ rainbow crossing spotted outside 37 St Johns Rd in Glebe  in Sydney’s trendy inner-wes...
A ‘DIY’ rainbow crossing spotted outside 37 St Johns Rd in Glebe, in Sydney’s trendy inner-west.
A ‘DIY’ or ‘guerrilla’ rainbow crossing is created using chalk outside Sydney Town Hall (see...
A ‘DIY’ or ‘guerrilla’ rainbow crossing is created using chalk outside Sydney Town Hall (seen in the background on the left).
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