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Artists take to the streets

WA's Kyle Hughes-Odgers is part of a huge line-up of internationally renowned street artists who will be taking to Perth's walls and buildings as part of the Public Street Arts festival.

Walls and laneways in the central business district and Northbridge will be transformed during the PUBLIC festival as murals, installations and public events pop up between April 5 and 13.

Hughes-Odgers will also participate in a group show at Form Gallery called Private, where his work will sit alongside that of street art stars such as Banksy and WA's own Stormie Mills. "My work is based around the concept of flying over a city at night and viewing the bursts of colour and life emerging from the darkness," Hughes-Odgers said.

"It's like an abstract aerial map."

Hughes-Odgers said street art had evolved since the days when it was seen as a crime rather than a form of artistic expression.

"Galleries now offer a focused and consistent platform to present a body of work but the street offers scale, texture and unpredictable elements," he said.

"With PUBLIC, it's a great opportunity to celebrate creativity and push ideas across diverse canvases and locations."

The West Australian

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