Andrew Baines is an internationally recognised Adelaide artist who is renown for his surreal paintings and quirky photo shoots on Adelaide beaches. With a strong social conscience and a wicked sense of humour, Andrew's art installations often attract large numbers of participants and spectators.
Perhaps the most outrageous of Baines' photo shoots was Dunny Day at Henley Beach. It was the sequel to an astonishing event where twelve protesters including former immigration minister Amanda Vanstone and Adelaide radio personality Bob Francis dressed in black suits with bowler hats. They then posed on potties to encourage (successfully) the local council to provide toilet facilities.
But Andrew Baines does have a serious side, and Turn the Tide on Plastics put the spotlight on plastic waste in our seas for World Ocean Day. His latest event also has a serious message in this time of turmoil and terrorism.
On Sunday July 23 at 8.30am, artist Andrew Baines invites you to join with him on a walk for peace. He recounts the story of what prompted him to create the Walk for Peace:
Some time ago, I was walking along Grange beach when an unknown distressed woman approached me. She had just heard about the latest mass shooting and needed desperately to talk to some one, anyone, as she couldn't believe this sort of thing could happen in her world.
There must be many, many people who need a vehicle, place or person to visit, to release their anxiety and thoughts on negative events. My Walk for Peace is one place she can come to.
There is calm before and after the storm.
Every day in the media we hear about the latest international flash point - racial and cultural tensions, domestic violence, and social media bullying. It's like our world is going mad, we feel we have no control over our future, and we're mere human flotsam and jetsam. I want to turn these negatives into a positive! I want our communities to come together in solidarity to talk about these issues and to walk together as one.
In my mind's eye, I can see a thousand people dressed in all white, marching together as one in solidarity along the beach. I want this event to be my Magnus Opus, as I feel very passionate about this issue.
Take Part in this Adelaide Photo Shoot and Walk for Peace
For the event everyone is invited to meet at Henley Square, then walk from Henley to Grange jetty and back. The dress code for attire is all white, and if rain is expected the please bring a white umbrella.
Before the Walk for Peace commences, there will be speeches in Henley Square from State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall MP, and City of Charles Sturt Mayor Angela Evans. Immediately after the speeches and prior to the walk, Andrew Baines would like to photograph all the participants in a line along the coast, making the peace hand gesture towards the horizon.
Once again this event is bound to draw crowds. Let's hope that many join in with the spirit of this free event, and wear the dress code for the photo shoot. It's going to be a fun morning, while helping us all to focus on the need for peace.