Freelance writer, born and bred in South Australia.
Published October 3rd 2016
The greatest street art around Adelaide is in a little historic suburb that I bet you wouldn't have thought of... Port Adelaide.
When I used to think of Port Adelaide, I thought of dolphins, heritage buildings, and, well, that's essentially all. That is until my partner begged to differ. 'It's a hub for artists!' he claimed. I had to see it to believe it. And what I saw was satisfyingly stupefying.
This humongous colourful crocodile above has been painted on the back of a large building across from the LeFevre Peninsula Primary School. It was designed and created by an international artist named Hitnes, and also a local artist named Vans the Omega. The vibrant colouring applied in this work pops out at onlookers and looks artistically inviting. The crocodile is so long, that if you want to take a photo, be prepared to use panorama.
Right beside the creative crocodile is a number of paintings that have been locally produced. They hang high on the wall, and can be appreciated from directly underneath or from the other side of the road. The images appear to show different landmarks in Port Adelaide, and represent the positive cultural diversity in the community.
These paintings above are even larger than the crocodile. If you don't believe me, look near the bottom of the second image. The small dot down there is a person - just to put it into scale for you. On the river side of St Vincent Street you can find these wonderful pictures. They were created in 2015 as a part of the Wonderwalls Festival. Forklifts were required to complete the art.
On my exploring, I think this piece above was my favourite. The fusion of mystical colours takes viewers on a journey. The contrast between the realistic portrait of the lady and the out-of-this-world picture next to it really makes you think. It can be found down Jubilee Street. There is an open gravel space so you can park your car to get out and have a better look.
As well as vibrant murals, Port Adelaide has some bright graffiti. It feels like no matter where you look, you'll see some. The photo above was taken at Hart's Mill, near where Nile Street and Mundy Street connect. Just around the back from this wall, down Mundy Street, there are some chalk images plastered across the brick walls.
If posing with 3D art is more your style as opposed to 2D, then consider jumping on the Port Adelaide Loop Path. These interesting green emus are planted beside the trail, at the end of Walter Morris Drive.
There is far more art covering the walls of Port Adelaide than what I have presented here. All you need to do is take a drive to the Port and ensure you have a good pair of walking shoes to get you around. You just don't know what you might discover.
Port Adelaide is only a 25 minute drive North-West of Adelaide city.