As you scoot between city events this summer, be sure to stop and enjoy some of Adelaide’s diverse collection of public artworks*. From large-scale murals to sculptures and light installations, there’s something to feast your eyes on at almost every turn.
AFL legend and now successful contemporary visual artist, Gavin Wanganeen, is a passionate supporter of the city’s vibrant public art scene.
“I love that, when people come into the CBD, they can be visually stimulated by colours, vibrancy and artistic diversity. It’s another way of celebrating inclusiveness and it really adds character and soul, and simply brightens up your day,” said Gavin.
This year, Gavin is an Ambassador of the Adelaide Fringe which champions visual creativity through its popular Street Art Explosion program where Australia’s best emerging and established artists are commissioned to create large-scale murals across the city and suburbs.
With the help of a City of Adelaide ‘Quick Response’ Arts & Cultural Grant, the Adelaide Fringe was able to commission emerging painter, Matthew Clarke, who identifies as having an intellectual disability, to create a large-scale creative interpretation in Union Street of his poster design for this year’s Fringe. Check it out below or click here to find a map showing all the works in the Street Art Explosion program.
To steer you in the direction of some excellent art eye candy, we asked Gavin to share his top public art stops in Adelaide – plus we’ve included one of our own favourites below – a new addition just near the Box Factory Community Centre.
Ophelia, corner East Tce & Vardon Ave, Adelaide
Artist | James Cochran (aka Jimmy C)
“Although Shakespeare’s character Ophelia has a tragic fate, I love this artwork because it makes me feel peaceful and reminds me a little of my own Wildflower Series.”
Untitled, 7/ 11 Leigh St, Adelaide
Artist | Adnate
“I love this work. It’s beautiful, realistic and strikes many chords with me because of my Indigenous heritage. It’s wonderful to see Indigenous culture represented in art form, in a prominent city location like Leigh Street, which attracts locals and tourists from all over the world.”
Untitled, Rosina St, off Hindley St, Adelaide
Artist | Matej Andraž Vogrinčič
“This piece brings an element of nostalgia to the city reminding me of my childhood and the treasured collection of toy cars I played with as a boy. Zoom zoom!”
Untitled, 9 Park Terrace, Bowden (just outside the CBD)
Artist | Lisa King
“We go to Plant 4 most weekends, so this piece of art reminds me of the great food, coffee, and family atmosphere we experience in this part of town. I also love that it celebrates another important aspect of our state’s multicultural makeup.”
Something new to view
Pandora’s Box, adjacent Box Factory Community Centre, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide
Artist | Sarah Boese
We love the newest addition to the city’s south-east neighbourhood – a spectacular two-storey community mural created by Adelaide aerosol artist, Sarah Boese. The local community was invited to have input into Sarah’s design process – sharing their thoughts with her through a series of workshops and an online survey.
Pandora’s Box is a mesmerising portrait featuring fluid forms and vivid colours, representing the musical, curious and hopeful community.
Watch this mural ‘in the making’ in this awesome time lapse video!
Click here to discover how the City of Adelaide might be able assist you in your next creative venture in the city.
*Help shape the 2019 – 2022 Public Art Action Plan that will guide public art programs across the city by providing feedback on six draft Statements of Intent. We’re also keen to hear about your favourite public art piece or experience in Adelaide as well as overseas. You can complete the survey or post an image or a description of your favourite public art by clicking here. Feedback is welcome until 5pm Friday 29 March 2019.