Adelaide Icons Mural

Adelaide Icons Mural


Posted 2022-10-13 by Audreyfollow

Commissioned by Nova 919 's Ben & Liam, the calls our attention to some of the most iconic landmarks, representations, symbols and personalities in South Australia. It was painted by local artist Mike Sander and opened by Premier Peter Malinauskas on Friday the 16th of September 2022.

Among the icons is a huge carton of Farmers Union Iced Coffee which caught my eye straight away as I was walking towards the mural. Back in the 1970s, a group of South Australian dairy farmers decided to create this special flavoured milk for the Royal Adelaide Show and the rest is history. Do you know that it has even outsold Coca-Cola here in our state?

The mural also features two of South Australia's many big things - The Big Scotsman and The Big Rocking Horse . Standing tall on the corner of Nottage Terrace and Main North Road, this five-metre sculptured man is known by almost every Adelaidean. Scotty was created in 1963 and is made of a solid steel frame, wire netting and hessian. His legs, torso and head just need a touch of paint every now and then, but other than that, he's still going strong at almost 60 years of age! As for the biggest rocking horse in the world, who hasn't climbed to the top of its head before? And receive a certificate for doing so too.

Icons from Adelaide city itself include Rundle Mall 's Spheres (or better known as the mall's balls) and Pigeon which pays homage to the often overlooked ubiquitous creature. Giant pandas Wang Wang and Fu Ni also look rather attractive on the mural. They are part of an international research, conservation and breeding program and have been housed in Adelaide Zoo since 2009.

For those who watch the news, you'll recognise TV personality Jane Doyle. She has been presenting Seven News for over thirty years and continues to do so today. Next to her is our very own Port Lincoln-born swimmer Kyle Chalmers. His achievements include a couple of world records as well as numerous gold medals.

After spending more than 200 hours painting, Mike has indeed created a masterpiece that all of us South Aussies can relate to. There's lots more featured on the mural, but I'll let you discover them for yourself. You can find the mural on an external wall near the entertainment precinct of Elizabeth City Centre just off Philip Highway.

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