Images provided by City of Port Adelaide Enfield.
The streets of Rosewater are about to get a lot more colourful thanks to local residents.
Professional artists including Nicky Create and Oliver Reutens have begun painting the suburb’s stobie polls after an idea pitched by Rosewater residents. The artists have painted three poles along Gill Street and Eastbourne Terrace so far, with an end goal of 18. The street is already looking gorgeous.
Spearheaded by resident Leigh Hoffrichter, the project was made possible by a City of Port Adelaide Enfield Placemaking Grant. Hoffrichter applied for the grant to beautify his community, and the city of PAE supplied funding and liaised with local artists to assist in the project’s completion.
City of Port Adelaide spokesperson Ed Garner says says the grants can facilitate a range of projects, not just beautiful stobie poles. The goal of a the Placemaking Grant is to make residents’ ideas a reality.
“Residents pitch ideas to bring life to an area with things like community barbecues or murals, and the Placemaking Grant can make those happen,” he says.
“In Rosewater, residents came to us with the idea, then worked with the artists to develop the designs. The artists are now doing the painting.”
We look forward to seeing the remaining 15 poles in the near future, which will be painted by a variety of artists.
The project will finish off with an exhibition during South Australian Living Artists Festival later in the year .