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A Zelda reference in street art?!

Just a quick update on this post for those that may have read it whilst I lived back in Sydney (and for those that are new to my blog!). The artist behind this piece is Reg Mombassa, a New Zealander that moved to Australia and has a distinctive style of art that can clearly be seen in the image above and below. Thank you to Mark Holsworth for the information, I have linked both Mark and the artist here so you can go and check out their pages.

This is what I love about the internet, I have moved from Sydney to a rural town way up in Queensland temporarily and I am still able to find out information about the artwork around a construction site from people I haven’t met in person, located anywhere in the world. What a time to be alive.

I hope you are all have a great weekend!

Sam


I like the street art here, although it doesn’t seem to be art that was been created by a passer by. But then again, would a construction company bother to make their workplace more aesthetically pleasing with art? I am doubtful, but remain optimistic. Also, would a hard-hat help in an accident involving that GIANT metal container 30 odd feet above them? Again, a little doubtful. One of their hats actually fell off shortly after I took this shot, rapidly reducing the life expectancy for a few seconds. He survived.

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It sure makes the area prettier. In fact, it made me pay much more attention to an area that I wouldn’t have paid attention to at all. The scene in the piece is very strange. I can see the Harbour Bridge in there, can you spot it? Also the tree on the right of the image takes me straight back to my childhood. For any Nintendo 64/ Zelda fans out there, it has a rather striking resemblance to The Great Deku tree that dies in the beginning of the game. Spoiler alert, although it has been twenty years.

This was a very emotional moment for childhood me. (This is actually the graphics from the more recent 3DS version, I wanted to let this be known)

Saying that, it is pretty remarkable that the graphics that were used on a large console have now been revamped and used on one not much bigger than an iPhone. They probably are capable of these graphics on a smartphone now. But this doesn’t take away from the fact that this was a game ahead of its time, showing what is possible by pushing something to its limits. Something I feel I need to do more with myself, using my capabilities to the best of my capability. It would be a waste not too, a Ferrari wasn’t made to be driven around country roads at 30mph, so why should we limit ourselves?

So that is the inspiration I take from the art located at Wynyard in Sydney’s CBD. If you get something else from the image, let me know. I would love to hear it.

One thing I have noticed since I have been blogging is that I have not played video games. At all. This isn’t really possible whilst travelling and I am sure that if it was possible, it would have serious repercussions for blogging. Gaming can be addictive and with games becoming more and more movie-like in graphics, I am not surprised. I wouldn’t be surprised if gaming becomes more popular than cinema… Has it already? Why watch a movie when you can be in control of one? When I am done with my travels I may get back into it. Video games are an art form, and one that really inspired me as a child.

If a twenty year old video game had the ability to still inspire me, I can only imagine what the future holds…

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  1. Hey Sam, I too enjoy street art! I’ve lived in Richmond, Va for a while and there are literally murals everywhere of anything you can imagine, its pretty cool. I also wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I love your posts, its cool to see the places you go and the things and feelings you take away from your traveling. I’ve always wanted to take a lap year and just go everywhere I’ve always wanted to go, so that’s cool that you have this opportunity! You can check out my post, I’m excited to get your take on this! Happy Friday, have a good weekend!

    https://ireminiss.com/2018/01/30/sunshine-blogger-award/

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    • Thank you so much for taking the time out to view my blog and show so much appreciation! I will look at your post, thanks for the award 🙂
      I highly recommend taking year out if you are able to. I hope your weekend is going well!

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  2. Interesting mural, I wonder if they commissioned a specific design, or just hired someone and gave them free reign?

    I remember Legend Of Zelda on the Super Nintendo, loved it. And I did, some years later play some of the N64 version too.

    I used to love immersive and involving video games like this. Now, they just seem to make me angry and unpleasant, and as I write this our family is a few days into a month (or more) abstinence without the PS3, as I just don’t like how myself and my young son become when playing it. A bit disconcerting as in most ways I though I was becoming more relaxed and laid back as I get older!

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    • I am not sure, but it sure is interesting. What you said in the last paragraph is also interesting, what happens when you play video games? Is it anger and frustration? Is it that you both feel like you are addicted? I can relate regardless of the answer I am sure xD

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      • Sam, I think it’s a whole set of things mixed up. Partly I feel it’s quality(ish) time with my son where we’re doing something together, which is good. But I get annoyed with games as I’m not really that bothered about playing them, I’m only doing it because he likes them. Then he gets annoyed if he can’t do a certain part (he’s very good, but only 4) then I get annoyed if I can’t do it too and when both end up frustrated and cross. Just doesn’t bring out a very pleasant side in either of us! Which then makes me feel I’d be better off playing a board game or card game with him, or doing some drawing or reading or something more interactive between us.

        I can’t remember feeling like this when I used to play video games myself, and had many happy hours with Super Mario World and Super Mario Kart one the SNES and the SSX, Burnout and Silent Hill series on Playstation. Guess we grow through these phases and move on to different things.

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      • I remember playing Goldeneye on the N64 and I could not beat the level ‘Control’, it just was impossible! So I understand the frustration. My mum helped me get through it finally by telling me to keep pausing and control my breathing so I didn’t get angry, and it worked! The feeling I had after finally doing it was worth the pain haha. Some games are frustrating, but maybe if you both beat that level together, it will be a moment that you remember fondly for many years to come 🙂

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      • In the nearly four months since my comment we’ve not touched the PS3, it’s been out into hibernation. We both feel a lot better for it, although he does ask when he can have it again now and then. Now we’re more likely to be playing Lego or board games or card games or colouring/making.

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      • Sorry I missed your comment when you first posted it! This is why I go back to my previous posts 🙂
        I guess it is better for bonding, as there is less looking at a screen and more talking. If you both feel better for it, keep doing what you’re doing I guess 🙂

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  3. There isn’t street art in the area which I live so when I visited Chicago and saw some painted under an overpass I found it so unique. I miss playing video games as well; it’s one of those hobbies that unlike reading or writing I find I can’t enjoy squeezing into a 10 or 15 minute window of the day. If I don’t have at least an hour to game then I don’t which is likely why I don’t get to game as much anymore.

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    • Yeah you definitely need much longer to play a video game, especially with loading times etc… to get immersed you need a little more time.
      I am not sure if you have been to Sao Paulo… however if you come from an area with little to know street art, Sao Paolo will blow your mind! It did for me.

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  4. The street art reminds me of those I have seen in Budapest. Very vibrant artwork with bold lines and colours. And speaking of video games, indeed I loved playing them particularly because of the realistic graphics, my favourite was Final Fantasy. Oh I do miss those days when I could immerse myself in a game till dawn.

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    • I haven’t been to Budapest but a good friend had family there and loves it. I would like to see the artwork you speak about.
      I too miss playing video games, they take up a lot of time but there isn’t much better than getting lost in a game!

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