Compared to the beautiful, well-organized suburbs we visited during the field trip, ‘The Block’ was a study in contrast. Located in Redfern, Sydney, ‘The Block’ simply refers to a block of housing. The Aboriginal Housing Corporations (AHC) put these houses up several years ago to cater for the housing needs of the Aboriginal community in Sydney (Time Out Sydney, 2010). That was in the 1970’s. Since then, the buildings have been neglected. Consequently, the area offers one a general feeling of dilapidation.
Many of the houses need to be given a new coat of paint while others need to be reconstructed as the shingles in many of the homes are falling off.A huge mural on a wall welcomes one to The Block. This is not the only painting, as there are many others located throughout the entire place. They speak of a community that values the use of a brush and paint to pass across the message. The murals are paintings of birds, the sky, and aboriginal people. The colors they use are bold: reds, yellows and blues. It feels like the community has a point to make, and they are not afraid of making it.