An observer of street art would probably think the artist prefers a freshly painted new wall as a canvas, with no other artwork around. Rendered walls with a high-sheen surface are by far the hardest to work with wheatpaste, and a new wall has no atmosphere. Enter the Marion Council Depot wall.
Although this wall has no surrounding graffiti, it ticks all the boxes for texture, grunge and atmosphere. It even has an old vine of some sort growing through the cracks in the wall. The lack of existing artwork was overcome by including a graffiti covered building at Marino.
Why is Red Riding Hood approaching this darkened, abandoned building?
On closer inspection, she isn’t what she seems; morphing into a cross between the wolf, Nosferatu and Sadako. So what’s in her picnic basket, Grandma?
Marion Council Depot, 935 Marion Road, Mitchell Park
For the SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival this August, Andrew and I are working on noise murals for the streets of Adelaide. Or rather it started out that way.
The original intention was to paste up photo-montage murals on random walls around the Adelaide CBD and suburbs, but an intervention cut the idea short. We were lucky to drift in the direction of the Marion Council district and are now working exclusively on murals of historic and interesting architecture and surrounds in that area.
Subterranean brings European fairy tales into an Adelaide setting. The arrival of the characters through portals in the area, warps and distorts the buildings and landscape. Andrew has composed sound to accompany the murals, with titles inspired by Tolkien’s essay On Fairy Stories
At each mural will be a QR code than can be scanned by the QR App on a smartphone, which will take the view/listener to the ambient sound. We will be listing the locations of the murals when they are all up, hopefully by the beginning of the Festival!