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Adelaide City Council (ACC) has taken an increasingly relaxed attitude to street art in recent times, allowing murals to be painted at a number of locations around the city. At times the Council has even funded public art in a fairly radical change to policy.
One of the popular locations recently has been the Free Wall beneath the Morphett St bridge, where artists can be found at most hours of the day.
The Council website is very supportive about the use of art in approved locations: Street art adds colour, life and vibrancy to spaces. It gives artists a chance to make important social and environmental statements, or add decorative vitality and humour to dull places.
Reflecting this, ACC is holding a mural event at Topham Mall on Sunday 4th November 2012 between 8am and 6pm for artists who have previously applied to participate. The work of these selected artists will then be kept in place until December 2012.
While it's too late to apply to paint at this event, it's a great opportunity for interested people to watch street art being created in a way that livens a rather dull part of the city.
To be fair to the ACC they don't actually have control over the fate of the Jade Monkey, as due to the nature of the development it is a state government issue.
I'm glad they are doing something in Topham Mall. It was a pity when they closed down the free wall here, even if there were some issues with it. It was good to have something in a high frequency thoroughfare.
I'm guessing they've just realised that closing the free wall really wasn't going to stop people from using Topham Mall for street art, so figured they may as well try and gain some form of control over it.