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Published January 11th 2021
Do you see what I see?
As you walk along Rundle Mall, have you ever noticed the rich collection of sculptures it houses? Yes, there are of course the famous Mall's Balls and Pigs, but do you know of the other five unique artworks that also add to the vibrancy and identity of the mall?
The latest of these icons is the Pigeon positioned at the south of Gawler Place near Nespresso Boutique. This two-metre tall installation is a homage to our feathered friends who inhabit the city centre. Crafted out of mirrored stainless steel, South Australian artist Paul Sloan aims to raise the status of the often overlooked ubiquitous creature.
Integrated into the arbour at the north of Gawler Place, the Flow has been created to connect river to tree via the stars. Local artists Laura Willis and Will Cheesman wanted to lead people along the arbour, drawing their attention to the sky as well as providing a pathway for their imagination.
At about the same time, local emerging artist Stephen Roy also designed the Ripples as furniture items within that space. This series of artwork, including five seats and seventeen traffic delineators, explores kinetic energy in flowing water and how objects interact with it.
Located above the historic beehive corner building at the King William Street intersection is the Bee. Installed back in 1998, this sculpture by Shaw Hendry can sometimes be forgotten since it's not at eye level. It is made of cast aluminium, gold leaf and paint, and I believe still worth a photograph today.
Last but not least, the Slide is one of the oldest icons along the mall. A gift by Sir Edward Hayward, this bronze sculpture was designed as a discovery piece reflecting its environment. It is obscurely positioned outside Rundle Place.
And, of course, not much need to be said about the famous Spheres (mall's balls) and A Day Out (pigs). They are well-known and well-loved by locals young and old. We meet our friends at the mall's balls while children play with Truffles, Oliver, Horatio and Augusta the pigs.