It all started with silos being transformed into works of art, then the water towers got painted, and now we're seeing artwork on a pipeline! This 50-metre mural adorns the Mannum to Adelaide Pipeline in Apamurra approximately four kilometres from the township of Palmer.
The section of the pipeline on Randell Road just east of the Milendella Road intersection was painted by South Australian artist Jack Fran. In five days, he converted the pipeline's concrete exterior into a celebration of the region being recognised as a dark sky reserve. With a darkness measurement of 21.97, the region is perfect for experiencing the night sky regardless of whether you're an astronomer or a budding stargazer like those two children with telescopes in the artwork. Jack has also featured the Australian Pelican who often calls the River Murray home.
The pipeline mural is free for everyone to enjoy. Just over an hour's drive from Adelaide will get you there easily. It is hoped that this latest attraction would bring an even greater number of visitors to the region.
Since 1955, the Mannum to Adelaide Pipeline has served the needs of Adelaide residents by supplying water to the metropolitan network. It was the first major pipeline to be built from the river. Its total length is 87 kilometres, so I wonder if there are plans to paint more sections in the future? Guess we'll have to wait and see.