Will Coles (aka Numb) is a guerrilla street artist who knows a thing or two about aphorisms. His casts of consumerismâ€™s cast-offs often bear one-word invitations to think deeply about the shallowness of present-day culture. So perhaps it was inevitable that he would eventually appropriate Arthur Staceâ€™s single-word sermon, â€˜Eternityâ€™.
Thanks to my loyal band of spotters, I was able to find and photograph several of Willâ€™s â€˜Eternityâ€™ drink cans this weekend. They were stuck to the stanchions of Sydneyâ€™s now defunct monorail, a train that went from nowhere to nowhere and connected to nothing. The monorail closed down at the end of June after uglifying the streets of Sydney for 25 years. Most people would say good riddance but Will had apparently found it a great space for his mini-installations. As a farewell gesture he hit it hard with his works last week, and by the time I got down to Pitt Street many of them had been souvenired while others had been damaged, presumably in an attempt to remove them.
Will Coles is an artist who straddles both the gallery and the street scene. A more dignified example of his work is currently on show at the high end of town, in a window of the Optiver Building in Hunter Street.