This past Saturday Brisbane-based street artist Sofles beat some of the best street artists from Australia and New Zealand in the Red Bull Wreckers Yard, a live painting competition. Wildcard entry Sofles battled against Itch (Melbourne), Gimiks (Brisbane), William (Perth), Store (Adelaide), Peque (Sydney), Yelz (Wellington) and Seekayem (Auckland) in this progressive contest.
Over the past four weeks, Red Bull Wreckers Yard has been taking street art culture from dark alleyways and train tracks to the people in seven qualifier rounds in seven major cities across Australia and New Zealand. The touring competition ended with a big bang at the Trans Tasman Final in Fitzroy, the hub of Melbourne street art.
The night was an inspiring visual and aural experience for the 700-strong crowd. A panel of three industry experts – Chris Henderson (Acclaim Magazine), Jeremy Gaschk (Rtist Gallery) and Sirum (Ironlak) judged artwork based on creativity, style and theme interpretation.