Walking through the city you can often be blind to some of the things around you, but by taking a 'street art tour' you're forced to stop and look around. During the 2010 Street Dreams Festival one of the events was to be taken on a guided tour to some of Adelaide's biggest street art spots. The festival is over now, but if you head to their website you can still download your map and try a self-guided tour.
We'll take you on a virtual tour, and then you can follow the map and see the real thing. What you see here could be completely different from what you see on your walk around the city. The very nature of street art is it is always changing; there are always new things to discover and new places to find them. You don't have to strictly stick to the map, head out and explore your city. If you walk down any alleyway or side street you're likely to see something. Look at the places you never think to look, and you could be surprised at what you might find.
One of the first stops of the tour involves this block of multi-coloured blocks. At first glance they look a bit like lego blocks, but you can assume that they are representing buildings. The words seem to be almost a comment on street art, but you can't even read them all because of a new bike shed structure that blocks some of them from view.
As you continue make sure you don't miss the carpark car wall. Humorously most of the spots you'll find on your tour revolve around carparks. This is a fun installation that has been around since 2000. It is titled 'Carpark-Members Only' by Matej Andraz Vogrincic, and features 15,000 toy cars stuck to the wall of the Rosina Street carpark.
Already a lot of work that was around for the 2010 Street Dreams festival is disappearing. A large building site is taking place where a lot of pieces would have been, but if you peer through the fence you can still catch a glimpse. Walking down one alleyway you'll find an old faded Commander Keen. A few years back these were popping up all over the city, from Rundle Mall to the Freeway. They even prompted a Facebook group 'Keen Spotting' where people could report ones they had seen.
You'll pass other carparks, other murals, and find new things. One sight that has become quite common in Adelaide is Einstein riding a bike. The person responsible for this is Peter Drew. If you head to his blog or Facebook Page you'll also get an interesting look at street art in Adelaide.
Pick a nice sunny day, hit the Adelaide streets, and just start walking. You can follow the map, but feel free to discard it, and choose your own path where you could discover even more. The best way to find great street art around Adelaide is to just open your eyes, and heading out to find some can also be a great way to discover other parts of the city that you haven't been to.