A Day In the Life

The Subterranean SALA Exhibition merges European fairy tales with the local environment, causing the surrounds to warp and change.  Some of the murals feature the same characters.  Here is a day in the life of the Seven Dwarfs, while Snow White is left alone with her wicked step-mother…  accompanying electronic sound pieces by chalkwhitehands include A Quality of Strangeness and Dark Significance.

The Dwarfs begin their day at Patritti Wines and Cellar Door, buying supplies for lunch.  They continue to the Oaklands Park Railway Station, to catch a train to the southern suburbs.

The Seven Dwarfs walk past the old flying fox on Perry Barr Road, that carted rocks to the old Portland Cement Works/Adelaide Brighton Cement from the Reynella Quarry.  Rows of concrete footings are all that remain.  Flying Fox image courtesy of the State Library of South Australia: http://images.slsa.sa.gov.au/mpcimg/60250/B60068.htm

The Seven Dwarfs then walk to work at the Worthing Mine.  The Worthing Mine ruins are on private property but can be viewed from Brooklyn Drive at Hallett Cove.

Thanks to the Marion Historical Society and Marion Heritage Research Centre for their kind assistance.   Map of mural locations here.



14 up and 1 to go!

After five days of beautiful weather, following the week of rain and wind, we’ve managed to install another 8 murals for the 2014 SALA Festival exhibition, so 14 in total now out of the 15!  I’ve discovered sun is also the enemy of wheatpaste, as it dries out the wall and mural before it sticks.  Wheatpasters do it at night, preferably with a full moon.

Rapunzel at the old Marion Inn
Rapunzel at the old Marion Inn

The new locations include (click here for a map):

Patritti Wines and Cellar Door, Clacton Road, Dover Gardens

Marion Council Chambers, Sturt Road, Marion

Marion Leisure and Fitness Centre, Oaklands Road, Morphettville

Continental Bakery, Almond Grove Road, Glandore

Glengowrie YMCA, Maxwell Terrace, Glengowrie

Marion Council Depot, 935 Marion Road, Mitchell Park

Previous locations:

Richard Jolly Racing, Morphett Road, Morphettville

Panorama Crash Repairs, 42 Raglan Avenue, Edwardstown

Bernard and Keryn Brown Furnishers, 1262 South Road, Clovelly Park

Parkholme Community Hall, Marion Road, Parkholme

Commonwealth Bank, Marion Road, Parkholme

Mitchell Park Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Cumbria Court, Mitchell Park

I like tags….

..but as this exhibition is on authorised walls, a condition of access is to maintain the murals to the original image.

Seven Dwarfs at Oaklands Railway Station

Tags are the cornerstone of contemporary street art.  They are the method for gaining hand control of the spray can and developing an artistic signature, much like calligraphy.  Many tags are beautiful images on their own, and layered with other forms of street art become an exciting artwork in progress.

Tags are also the most maligned of street art, and the most high risk as a solvent based medium, for attracting a police record.  Wheatpaste is a grey area, though is able to be fined for littering!  I’m not sure where yarn bombing sits in the ‘arrestability’ factor.

The advantage of basing an exhibition on interesting architecture is that tags and graffiti just naturally work their way into it, so some of the murals include local art.

Red Riding Hood at Marino

I’m surprised at the amount of money councils spend removing graffiti, to then provide grants and spray cans to artists to paint murals on walls.  One doesn’t come without the other, but our society is often contradictory when it comes to art.  As with wheatpaste, you don’t learn how to do it without doing it.