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88 O'Connell Mural Painting

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by Drew Harten (subscribe)
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Published November 29th 2015
Street art in the heart of North Adelaide
If you have lived for any length of time in North Adelaide you would know the saga of the former Le Cornu site which has been going on since the early 90's when the site was bought by the Makris group for development. Due to "issues" has been a vacant block ever since, a blight on the cityscape.

Marciano Arentez, Mural, North Adelaide, Street art
Colonel William Light and Sir Donald Bradman (as seen from right side)

Enter Emma Hack and her initiative to bring back some local ownership to this space by painting the fence on the O'Connel street end of the property.

The event was called "Last Friday in North Adelaide" and was also sponsored by Spash Adelaide and occurred on the 27th of November.

The O'Connell Inn and Prairie Hotel in Parachilna donated a week-long stay in their fabulous accommodation for the people's choice winner! This fabulous prize was won by artist Marciano Arentez for his mural depicting the view around the area of North Adelaide, with a view extra highlights thrown in for good measure.

Three other professional Artists were also chosen to decorate the space; Gretta Allen, Sally Parnis and Richard Le Messurier were chosen to paint 10 metre sections in murals that reflect the surrounding city.

Sir Donald Bradman, cricket, mural, Marciano Arentez
Sir Donald Bradman and Colonel William light (as seen from left)

These murals indeed give life to an otherwise bleak fence.

Sally Parnis, North Adelaide, mural
Sally Parnis- North Adelaide-The Life (Right View)

Sally Parnis lives and creates a lot of her work in the North Adelaide area. Her work depicts life on the hill, with the city in the background.

Sally Parnis, North Adelaide, mural
Sally Parnis- North Adelaide-The Life (left view)

Richard Le messurier, cars, north Adelaide
Richard Le Messurier- Cars

For Richard Le Messurier the automobile is the defining icon of modern suburban life, and North Adelaide is no exception. I love these car shapes dancing across the cityscape.

Gretta Allen, 1960, retro, mural
Gretta Allen- Retro Mural

Gretta Allen's wonderful work invokes images of the ads of the 1960's because of the Lecornu site. The giant past-up children represent both family and the Glover playground.The Auslan sign language refers to the Cora Barclay centre located in North Adelaide, while the stylised trees symbolise the parklands.

Cora Barclay Centre, Gretta Allen, mural
Gretta Allen- Retro Mural (right side view)

These murals are simply stunning and easy to find, why not drop by and have a look. While you are there why not visit Emma Hack's Gallery, just across the road.
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Why? Beautiful murals, painted by local artists
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Where: 88 O' Connell Street, North Adelaide
Cost: Free
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