When we started working on the Subterranean exhibition, the emergence of European fairy tale characters warping and changing the local landscape was a metaphor for the impact of white colonisation on the Australian environment. As the work progressed, specific stories matched the menace of the surroundings, such as Bluebeard at the old Glandore Boys Home. With the national investigation of child abuse in institutions, the personification of domestic violence is an ominous presence as he climbs into the grounds of what is now a community centre, blurring the past with the present.
A month ago the story broke of contaminated groundwater near the old Mitsubishi factory in the Marion Council District. Vapour from the contamination was working its way through the walls of buildings in the area. The poisonous presence of Bluebeard climbing through the window of the old Pea Farm Ruins after emerging from under the ground takes on new meaning.
Bluebeard at Glandore, Continental Bakery wall, Almond Grove Road, Glandore
Bluebeard at the Pea Farm, O’Halloran Hill, on the Bernard and Keryn Brown Furnishers wall, 1262 South Road, Clovelly Park
The pasting up of murals for the SALA exhibition was running smoothly over the weekend.
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.
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.
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