This fantastic wall mural has brightened up the street and brought to life a previously boring and bland brick wall. The wall was unveiled in front of a large audience by the City of Onkaparinga Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg.
The mosaic is just magnificent. There are stories and characters running all the way through it. There are cyclists, dogs, wines and wineries, tea cups, a mandala and so much more. The longer you stand and look, the more you see.
The mural covers an area of 4.5 metres wide by 2.2 metres high. The artwork has been a project in planning for a year or more and took 4 months to complete.
The mosaic was made possible by funds from a Streetscape Arts grant at the City of Onkaparinga and hundreds of volunteer hours by the people within the close-knit community of McLaren Vale.
In total, there were 8 artists who worked on the project for 4 months. The mural was designed by local artist Claire Kennett and put together in panels by:
Panel 1 - Michele McCrae & Jenni Weekley (absent from the photo) Panel 2 - Kay Whitmarsh and the residents of Kalyra Aged Care
Panel 3 - Susie Roberts and the kindergarten children from Christies Beach Panel 4 - Heidi Karo and students from McLaren Vale Primary School Panel 5 - Yvette Jurevicius and Claire Kennett with people from The Groove Garden.
Mosaic materials were sourced from local companies and generous donations from local businesses and the general public.
The mosaic is a colourful collage of all that makes the McLaren Vale area so great - grapes, wine, vineyards, farms, people and animals. Next time you're in McLaren Vale, go for a stroll and check it out. You'll find it on the wall next to a fabulous gift and furniture recycling shop - McLaren Unvaled at 122 Main Road, just up a little bit from the Foodland Shopping Centre.