The Adelaide Hills is not a region often associated with street art, but Adelaide Hills Visual Artist Wendy Dixon-Whiley has changed that with her recently completed ‘Paste the Hills’ project.
One of the largest street art projects to ever be undertaken in the Adelaide Hills at a whopping 600 square metres, the end result is so much more than just a mural painting. Covering a 75 metre under-freeway tunnel and taking 6 months in and a several more in planning, the work not only represents many gruelling hours of painting by the Artist herself but also includes elements created by the general public. Over 100 participants registered to receive customisable paste-ups which they have recently finished installing on the walls of the tunnel in time for the official unveiling on February 11th. “The response from the public has been fantastic, people have really taken to the idea and have genuinely enjoyed contributing their piece to the space”.
As one of three recipients of the Arts South Australia ‘Arts Pitch’ Grant, Dixon-Whiley conceived the project as one that would enable local residents to participate in public art and link the townships of Littlehampton and Mount Barker. It was also designed to reinvigorate a neglected space, while bringing contemporary street art to those who many not have been exposed to it before. “I wanted members of the public to feel a sense of ownership of the work, to create a feeling of connectedness within the community and to generate excitement about visual arts.”
Arts South Australia was excited by Dixon-Whiley’s plan for the project and Executive Director Peter Louca said, “This is the kind of project that I envisaged when we established these grants earlier in the year – fresh, innovative, community-minded and creative. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.”
The Mayor of the District Council of Mount Barker, Ann Ferguson, commented; “How exciting that another form of art is coming to The Hills; Art is an indicator as to how vibrant our region is and I look forward to see how this mural connects Littlehampton and Mt Barker”
The mural will also be featured in the 2017 Adelaide Fringe as part of the second annual Street Art Explosion, encouraging Adelaide residents and interstate/overseas visitors to visit the location and see the final result.
Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall said, “We’re thrilled that Wendy’s fantastic initiative will be a part of our next Street Art Explosion and it’s fantastic that she will be bringing an art form to the Hills that isn’t often seen there.”