Mural artwork at the base of the pedestrian and cyclist overpass
Community art is artistic activity that is based in a community setting, characterised by interaction or dialogue with the community and involving a professional artist collaborating with people who may not otherwise engage in the arts.
Since late 2019, the R2P Alliance has been engaging with the local community to identify priorities to improve the community they live in. Key priorities include open space and parks, landscaping, public and community art and play spaces.
In response, the R2P Alliance investigated opportunities and delivering programs.
Public artwork mural complete
The mural artwork at the base of the pedestrian and cyclist overpass near Pym Street is now complete.
The interconnecting mural is located on the precast concrete retaining walls and under-stair walls at the base of the pedestrian and cyclist overpass, which spans over both the North-South Motorway and South Road surface roads, on the northern side of Pym Street, Croydon Park.
Both the east and west sides of the overpass have two under-stair sections and retaining walls with a support column in front. The under-stair sections consist of three side panels, and the retaining walls consist of two front and side panels. All differing in size due to the surrounding battered turf and landscaping. The mural area totals 143.26 square metres.
The objective of delivering artwork to this high activity area is to create a vibrant, welcoming and distinctive place for the community that serves to enhance quality of life, public experience and community pride for residents and visitors.
Creating a mural takes time, talent, and research. From the conceptual design stage to the selection process, creation and delivery of high-quality lasting work. Sam needed to keep in mind that the mural will be seen by pedestrians, cyclists and motorists from various directions and distances, so visuals from each perspective had to be considered.
After the mural concept was approved, the design process involved Sam drawing the concept design to scale and overlaying these onto images of the surfaces being painted and printing the design to colour match actual paint colours.
Mural painting process
The mural was painted using multiple layers of paint, beginning with a primer to seal the original material, followed by the background colours and then the structure layers:
- The design structure is marked out using a ruler and masking tape to ensure a crisp edge. Each paint layer requires tape to be applied and then removed before moving on to the next step;
- As each layer is added, the details become smaller and more refined as the design, colour and pattern layers are built up; then
- touch-ups are done and when the mural is complete, an anti-graffiti coating is applied.
Sam and fellow artist Matt Fortrose were tasked with completing the mural before the opening of the overpass in mid-March 2021. They did so with great success, despite weather and sharing a worksite with many other construction and landscaping trades.
A big thank you to Sam and Matt for their professionalism, flexibility, ability to adapt to an ever-changing construction environment and for painting a vibrant mural to enhance the local area.
See more information about pedestrian and cyclist overpass here.
Click here to view a video of the painting process.
Switchboard cabinet artwork
In collaboration with the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, we identified opportunities to enhance the visual amenity of the area through artwork.
An example of this are the switchboard cabinets that were recently transformed by four local artists. The artists painted art depicting elements of the local area including residential fruit trees, the industrial buildings and retro patterns from when the area first became residential and Polish patterns near Polonia Reserve.
Stobie pole artwork
In July 2020, we partnered with the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and residents of Packard Avenue to participate in the ‘Paint Ya Pole’ program. Tracey Davis was welcomed back to work with residents and bring their ideas to life.
After approvals were obtained from SA Power Networks, Tracey painted the design outlines on the stobie poles in preparation for the painting days. On the painting days, residents worked together with the R2P Alliance staff and Tracey to complete the artwork. It took several days and great commitment was shown by the residents to deliver a fantastic result.
Click here to view a video of the artwork.
Recycled wood and brick artwork
During concrete barrier installation works in early 2020, a machine operator identified a small sunken ground area in the vacant land along South Road. Further investigations found that an old well, from the 1900s, was buried beneath the ground.
After obtaining necessary approvals, the well was excavated, and the recovered bricks placed in a protected area in one of the site compounds.
As part of the R2P Project, a heavy vehicle bypass road connecting Pedder Crescent and Exeter Terrace at the junction of Oxemham Street, Dudley Park, is being constructed. To enable these works, some vegetation removals were required.
During vegetation removal, tree trunks and limbs were set aside to look into possible reuse.
The R2P Project will work with Heritage South Australia and material experts to explore opportunities to create a piece of furniture to be placed in the local community, near the pedestrian and cyclist overpass.
Since early 2020, a number of road and footpath access changes have been implemented as a result of the project. To help pedestrians and cyclists navigate their way around construction areas, the R2P Alliance engaged local artist Tracey Davis to paint directional wayfinding artwork on local street footpaths.
The eye-catching artwork has been designed to be helpful as well as a fun visual. When the R2P Project is complete and the directional wayfinding is no longer required, the directions will be painted over with the name of the suburb, ‘Croydon Park’. The footpath artwork will remain a permanent colourful feature in the local area.
Community Artwork Process
A pedestrian and cyclist overpass (overpass) is being constructed at the north-east and north-west corners of Pym Street, to provide important east-west connectivity between Torrens Road and Regency Road.
The R2P Project is commissioning an artist/artist team to create an interconnecting public art mural at the base of the overpass. The overpass precast concrete retaining walls and under-stair walls have been identified as the most suitable areas to deliver community artwork.
The objective is to create a vibrant, welcoming and distinctive place for the community. The inclusion of high-quality contemporary public art murals for this high activity area will serve to enhance quality of life, public experience and community pride for residents and visitors.
The R2P Project will work closely with The Department for Infrastructure and Transport, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Office for Design and Architecture SA and Traffic Management Centre, to engage and commission artist/s.
Mural Artwork Commissioning Brief (EOI)
Artist chosen for mural commission
The R2P Project completed an expressions of interest process in late October 2020 within the local South Australian art community and selected four shortlisted artists to each deliver a concept design for the mural.
The shortlisted artists worked closely with the project to ensure they had a good understanding of the project design, the surrounding community and community feedback received via Social Pinpoint.
The shortlisted artists delivered their concept designs to the R2P artwork group in early December 2020. Concept designs were assessed on their consideration of the local community as well as R2P Project requirements, including safety, delivery timeline and budget.
Sam Songailo has been selected as the finalist. His concept design is inspired by community feedback and influenced by traditional textile designs and patterns from prominent local cultures. Sam weaved these designs into his signature style, to create a mural that expresses vibrancy, optimism and openness.
The R2P Project will work with Sam through January 2021, to develop the detailed design ready for mural artwork installation in mid-February 2021.
Mural design examples
Get to know the shortlisted artists
The shortlisted artists selected to deliver mural concept designs are:
Shortlisted artists examples
The R2P Project is engaging with the local community to seek artwork ideas and feedback to gain insight into how they identify as a community.
The ideas that the community shares with the R2P Project will be provided to the shortlisted artists/artist teams once chosen to deliver a concept design, so they are better informed on what would compliment the neighbourhood.
Ideas and feedback can be provided to the project via:
- Social Pinpoint
A collaborative engagement tool that allows the community to share their aspirations and ideas on how we can help to create a unique identity in your neighbourhood. The community can share stories of its history, the culture and its people and most importantly what their community means to them.
Visit our Social Pinpoint page here to have a say (this link takes you to a third party website).
- Community Artwork Noticeboard at the Polonia Reserve
This dedicated artwork noticeboard allows the community to submit ideas via a printed image, a drawing or simply placing a sticky dot on the displayed artwork examples that appeals to them.
- Chalk talk
Chalk provided to the local community to draw artwork ideas on driveways, take a photo and submit to the R2P Alliance via email (or a staff member can visit to take a photo).
Community Artwork – Community Meeting cancelled
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Community Meeting that was scheduled for Thursday 19 November has been cancelled.
We encourage the community to still get involved via our Social Pinpoint page here or by viewing the Community Artwork Noticeboard at the Polonia Reserve. The community can also contact the R2P Alliance project team via the information line 1300 110 906 or via email email@example.com.
For further information on the R2P Alliance project team’s response to COVID-19, please read the latest news here.
If you are interested in receiving chalk or have any suggestions on how else to share artwork ideas contact the project on the below details
Community consultation has closed.
Whilst the R2P Project will be awarding the artwork to local South Australian artists/artist teams, we have compiled a selection of local, interstate and overseas mural examples to show the diversity of what can be delivered.