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Massive, colourful mural underway in CBD

Upcoming mural “a conversation between two birds” is underway on Charlotte Place and is already filled with vibrant yellows, purples and coral.

A sunset-coloured mural is on the horizon, ready to brighten CBD streets!

Upcoming mural “a conversation between two birds” is underway on Charlotte Place and is already filled with vibrant yellows, purples and coral.

Painted by artists Lucinda Penn and Max Ballard, two muralists and Communication Design students at UniSA, the artwork was inspired by the natural surroundings of the wall. 

“It was never a matter of deciding what the image should be to appear on this wall as the concept of ‘A Conversation Between Two Birds’ actually emerged from the site,” says Barbara Keyser, the Charlotte Place resident who proposed the mural. 

Mural finalised concept.

The site has native Frangipani trees, an Australian Magpie which lives on one end, and a little corella bird which lives on the other, all of which are depicted abstractly in the mural. 

“The organic, flowing shapes created by the flora imagery is a visual interpretation of a harmonious birdsong,” Penn, who has painted murals at popular venues such as Distill and the West Oak Hotel, says of her design concept. 

“A conversation between two birds” was commissioned through an Arts and Cultural Grants for Public Art, for which Keyser applied. It was one of only two given this round, and for $8000, the remaining amount of the budget being voluntarily made by the residents themselves.

Barbara Keyser and daughter Yolanthe Simpson.

Keyser says she’s excited for the finished product to enliven the neighbourhood and community. 

“This mural is not only having a positive impact by providing visual relief to an otherwise unhappy stretch of a boundary wall but is showing residents, workers, pedestrians, drivers, cyclists, dog-walkers and others coming by that this art belongs to this wall.”

A Conversation Between Two Birds is located on Charlotte Place. 

The mural is funded by the City of Adelaide.

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