Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

Seven Icons of Rundle Mall

Home > Adelaide > Art | Free | Lists | Outdoor
by Audrey (subscribe)
I am a writer living in Adelaide. I love food and travel.
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 Pigeon

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.

The Flow

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.

The Ripples

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.

The Slide

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.

A Day Out
A Day Out

Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  81
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? Do you see what I see?
When: Anytime
Where: Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Thanks for the low down on the mall highlights. My vote goes to those rascal pigs.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1497) 18 days ago
Top Events
Popular Articles