Wind is the Enemy of Wheatpaste

The pasting up of murals for the SALA exhibition was running smoothly over the weekend.

Portal, Christ Church Anglican, South Road

Yesterday a strong north-westerly came out of nowhere as I was attempting to paste up at Marion and I ended up wearing the mural.  We now have six of the fifteen images on the walls, but no hope of getting the remaining nine up before the beginning of the Festival on Friday.

Bluebeard at the Pea Farm, South Road

With our beautiful balmy autumn weather in April, it didn’t occur to me that wind and rain are the enemy of wheatpaste.  Though the images are moderately weather-proof when up, it’s getting them on the wall that’s the problem.

Rapunzel at the Lighthouse, Marino

So if you are visiting the exhibition on Friday and wonder why most of it is missing, it’s the weather.

Locations that are up:

Parkholme Community Hall, Marion Road, Parkholme

Mitchell Park Neighbourhood Centre, Cumbria Court, Mitchell Park

Richard Jolly Racing, Morphett Road, Morphettville

Panorama Crash Repairs (with some community additions), Raglan Avenue, Edwardstown

Bernard and Keryn Brown Furnishers, South Road, Clovelly Park

Commonwealth Bank, Marion Road, Parkholme




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.

click to listen to A Fantastic Device
‘Portal’, Anglican Church, South Road, O’Halloran Hill. Click on image to listen to A Fantastic Device, by chalkwhitehands

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!