Mandy Schoene-Salter's artwork in Sydney Olympic Park carpark

Artwork from a Katoomba street artist has reinvigorated a carpark at Sydney Olympic Park.

Art in unusual places: Mandy Schoene-Salter with her commanding artwork. Photo: Camille Walsh Photography

Art in unusual places: Mandy Schoene-Salter with her commanding artwork. Photo: Camille Walsh Photography

Mandy Schoene-Salter has transformed the P1 carpark with a 20m high black and white image of Australian diver Melissa Wu, capturing the moment before she made history at the 2008 Beijing Olympics; becoming the youngest Australian to win an Olympic diving medal.

Phil Hillyard snapped the photo in 2008, and Schoene-Salter has reproduced it as a paste-up - printing the photo onto paper and then gluing onto a surface. The end result gives the image a textured, almost paint-like quality.

"The artwork was broken down into 74, one metre by one metre pieces and glued bit by bit onto the wall," Schoene-Salter said.

The artist was captivated by Wu's facial expression in the original photo.

"What really grabbed me about this particular image of Melissa is her facial expression. You can see and feel the tense moment of full concentration and the fact that it was a turning point in her career," Schoene-Salter said.

The street artist's work is one of four art installations on display at Sydney Olympic Park until October 31 as part of Parko Techni 2019.

Schoene-Salter is internationally renowned for her large-scale artworks that can be seen in South Africa, Singapore, Germany and across Australia.

Sydney Olympic Park Authority's arts and culture manager, Tony Nesbitt, said a key element of Parko Techni 2019 was finding art in unexpected places.

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