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Published September 17th 2016
Where Art Thou?
The City of Prospect area has always prided itself on its arts focus and a closer look reveals some inspiring pieces of street art, which add to the overall appeal by a wide cross-section of both residents and visitors.
Whether it be a sculpture, wall mural, or even graffiti, the City of Prospect has it all.
Some of the more interesting pieces I discovered on my journey through the jungle of creative work included the following:
1. The Message Wall - St Helen's Park
This mesmerising piece of art depicted as a wall mural was created in 2004 by Kaylie Weir, who was part of the Prospect Mural Group, made up of local artists driven by a strong social conscience.
Kaylie and her husband are both artists and are able to produce such amazing work considering the extreme challenges they both face, with their two year old son having been diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in December last year. His aggressive treatment has been ongoing this year.
You can discover and view this piece of great art at St Helen's Park located on Prospect Road at Prospect.
2. Stobie Poles art work outside of the Thomas Street Centre at Nailsworth
You can't get much more South Australian than stobie poles, which were originally built to counteract the high incidence of termite damage the wooden versions were prone to. Hence James Cyril Stobie came up with a version with steel beams tied together and filled with concrete.
The only problem with these poles is their fairly ugly appearance, however across Adelaide, including the Prospect area, creative souls have decorated them to the extent that they become appealing works of art.
The Stobie Poles project was commenced in the 1980s and the "Six Poles" artists included Ann Newmarch, Anna Platten and Cath Cantlon.
Stobie Poles are gradually disappearing in the area, particularly in the high street of Prospect due to the introduction of underground power, however applications can still be lodged to have remaining poles painted.
These decorated poles can be viewed on the corner of Thomas Street and Main North Road at Nailsworth, adjacent to the Prospect Gallery, which showcases much work created by local artists.
4. Wall Graffiti on KAB101/Honeysuckle Lane, between Myrtle and Vine Streets, Prospect
This area of Prospect is known as "Aerosol Lane" and has been created by several anonymous artists. What started as one or two pieces has now developed into a continual sight of colour, pattern and design for the length of the narrow laneway.
They were commenced in the 1990s and are constantly being renewed with new ones being created.
The name KAB101 refers to one of the non-anonymous artists, aka Scott Coleman, who has spent over 20 years painting some of these graffiti murals. It's certainly a remarkable transformation from what was once a tired looking dreary lane.
5. South Australian Flora - corner of Le Hunte Street and Prospect Road, Prospect
The Prospect Mural Group has worked closely with the local community since its inception, including working with school children. Another of their colourful and large pieces of work covers a large wall on the side of a building located on the corner of Le Hunte Street and Prospect Road at Prospect, and depicts some great examples of South Australian flora including the bottlebrush or Calistemon as well as the Sturt Desert Pea.
This piece was originally created in 1979 and as recently as 1999 it was repainted, giving it a new fresh look.
6. History of Australia Wall Mural, corner of Beatrice Street and Prospect Road, Prospect
A large wall fronting onto Prospect Road, part of a group of businesses, has offered an immense opportunity for a striking mural depicting the history of Australia, from the original indigenous inhabitants through to the original white settlement and subsequent developments such as the discovery of gold in Victoria and the Eureka Stockade.
Completed in black and white, it stands out, particularly when viewed from a reasonable distance away. This piece was created originally in the early 1980s by the Prospect Mural Group, and like quite a few of the other art pieces in the City of Prospect area, was re-painted in 1999.
7. The Train - St John's Wood, Corner of Alpha Road and Main North Road, Prospect
This realistic depiction of a train travelling through the countryside was created in 2002 by the artist, Robert Stirling as part of the "Art in the Park" project initiated by the local arts community supported by the City of Prospect.
The mural makes a great backdrop to the St John's Wood gardens adjacent to the busy Main North Road at Prospect, filled with rose bushes as well as some significant trees.
8. The Future - Wall Mural at Prospect Primary School, off Braund Road, Prospect
As testament to the involvement of the local school community, this mural was created in 1999 by artist Steve Dunn, together with students from Prospect Primary School and creates a piece in striking colours, with hints of the future, including a hovering spaceship over a modern metropolis.
The imagery of roads joining as hands, both black and white, shows the integration and friendships that can be created through multiculturalism.
Along Prospect Road at Prospect, you can't help but be attracted by the colourful planter boxes scattered at regular intervals in certain sections all made of mosaic.
These mosaics were created by Sarah Crowest as part of the "Built Imagination" project, which was initiated in 1993. The mosaics add splashes of colour and design to otherwise bland looking planter boxes, which complement the chosen plants.
All in all, there is an incredible mix of the creative arts around the City of Prospect which should be explored, admired and respected by all.
Interestingly, through the inspirational idea of local Rosa Matto, a renowned chef and presenter on SA Life, a launch has only just occurred of the new Explore Prospect Food and Art Trail, which offers a great combination of viewing the wonderful art in the area, mixed with some great food experiences.
Maps can be obtained from local businesses as well as from the City of Prospect council, including downloading from their website.