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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
I enjoy writing about Adelaide and its many attractions. If you think Adelaide is boring, the problem is not with Adelaide. adelaideunearthed.blogspot.com.au/
Published September 11th 2012
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Adelaide Street Art

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Unlike Others


I've become increasingly supportive of street art recently.

Not the self indulgent monochromatic tags that appear overnight on your fence, but genuine attempts to produce a pleasing or other emotional visual response.

While developers, councils and government collaborate and conspire to foist their vision of serried ranks of mirrored glass and concrete across our skyline, it is easy to see why many people feel disenfranchised.

This was underlined to me recently by the decision to approve the demolition of a significant and historic building that is 147 years old. The reason? Demolishing the building will make it easier to build another new hotel next door.

At times feel I like an ant meandering a Skinner maze as I stroll the urban jungle of newer developments in the Adelaide CBD.

But I digress. Street art is everywhere around the city, and I just hadn't been in the right places to see it. After cruising around for the last couple of weeks, I have picked a selection for your perusal.

And I will hardly say a word.

The author reserves all image rights - © copyright 2012

Around the City

I spent an afternoon wandering around the city.

A number of things I saw made me pose the question in my mind - what is art?

Perhaps one of my more surprising finds was this mural on a recently built house.

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Would This Suit Your House?


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Graffiti or Art?


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Surely This Isn't Art?


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Hiding Behind Art?


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Welcome Indeed


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Peeked Through a Fence for This One


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I Like the Colours. Is There a Meaning?


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Is This Art?




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Council Sanctioned Art


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Apparently a Classic


At the rear of the Queens Theatre and former Supreme Court.

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A Virtual Building - One of My Favourites


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A Mixed Selection


In the Suburbs

Street Art can be found in surprising places in the suburbs. And it seems that some of the artists are not who you would expect either.

A wander around the southern suburbs quickly produced results in my search for something more than boring tags.

Advertising on a pizza bar.

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Advertising a Pizza Bar With Style



On a barber shop.

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Barber Lounge @ Clarence Gardens


A sleepy suburban side street.

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On a Quiet Side Street in the Southern Suburbs


A shock art sculpture that was found in Clarence Gardens can be seen here.

Industrial Site South of Adelaide

This dilapidated group of buildings houses an extensive and growing collection of street art. I'm not aware how old many of them are, but a number are dated 2011.

A variety of styles are evident, and some are still in very good condition. They certainly brighten the appearance of the structures, although visitors should be particularly wary of pits, unsafe structures, asbestos and electrical wiring.

The sheer scale of some is quite impressive.

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No Spectacles Needed






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Clever use of outlines here


Avian visitors are plentiful at this site.



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Parts of the Site Are Returning to Nature










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Apparently This Artist is Highly Regarded


One presumably from The TSU Crew

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I Like This Despite Being Monochromatic
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More Stobie Art




I like the richness of the colour, but am unable to read the message.



















Two street art practitioners at work





West Adelaide
Beachside Art

I discovered this vintage resident street art while researching the story of Tennyson Dunes.

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Residents' Street Art


Art at a disused industrial site
This run down industrial complex also appeared in an article on Urban Exploration.

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Artistic Disagreement?


The scale of some of the works is varied to suit the building size and contours.

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Colourful and Cohesive


It must be challenging to paint shapes accurately on corrugated iron.

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Interesting. Is there a meaning?
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Why? Art is everywhere. But what is it?
Where: All over Adelaide
Cost: Free
Your Comment
where exactly is this palce or places? and can you get a car in there close to that art work e.g to use as a back drop for photos?
by leifc (score: 0|8) 1655 days ago
Hi, is there any chance that I could please get info on where to find these art pieces?
by coppi (score: 0|8) 1650 days ago
Peter Drew is responsible for that smiley face around Adelaide. I have found about 6 so far, there are probably more that I haven't noticed.
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1589) 1656 days ago
Nice one. Good photos. I never knew most of this existed.
by James Newcombe (score: 2|359) 1609 days ago
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