Freelancer and aspiring journalist from Adelaide. Visual Arts graduate & current journalism student. Fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, art & food. I also write for The Adelaidian // theadelaidian.net/author/georgina-tselekidis
Published December 19th 2015
The Earth Without "Art" Is Just "Eh"
Adelaide has always been perceived as a more "conservative" city compared to it's counterparts such as Melbourne or Sydney. These two cities have always been known for their diverse, eccentric and artistic features that make them more prominent in the arts scene.
However, this is changing, and Adelaide over the years has been creating and showcasing significant public art works that are proving this idea of conservatism to be a myth. Adelaide combines heritage, traditionalism, and art through this mural in Stepney; a lovely suburb filled with heritage listed homes that are enriched with character.
Walk a little further and you can find an impressive gold-mine of art work.I happened to stumble upon these beautifully designed pieces that instantly create a quirky, artistic and unique ambiance, whilst dining at The Nourish'd Kitchen, situated directly across from the main mural. I was so intrigued by them that I made it my mission to return and capture some gorgeous images that deserve a write up and emphasis.
I actually love the personality of the characters in the mural. The colours enable the art work to strikingly stand out from the rest of the buildings, as well as instantly drawing attention to people as it's located at the entrance of Ann Street. This definitely would lure many passers-by, which is also great business for the adjoining shops, and neighbor cafes. The murals help to create a fun, quirky and artistic vibe, as the cafes and the small boutique stores compliment the art work.
If you walk a little further, you will pass a gravel style car park that is also embellished with some of the finest public art I have seen. One of my favourites included this little gem, that is simple in colour and design, but successfully contrasts against it's environment.
If you're on the hunt for some street art around Adelaide, or would like to organise a street art tour, definitely add Ann Street to the list. It's not far from the city, or from the Norwood Parade, and it's worth a visit next time you're down the Eastern Surburbs! Adelaide's arts scene is progressing, and it's something that I am extremely proud of, as we are home to some fantastic artists who deserve recognition and mention.