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SA artist brings vibrancy to Adelaide CBD laneway as part of $450million renewal project

The artwork fuses art, illustration, design, and photography to create a colourful visual attraction for locals and the broader community.

Charter Hall Group has unveiled a new, large-scale laneway art installation by South Australian artist and designer Matt Kavanagh, commissioned as part of its $450 million urban renewal project at 60 King William Street in the Adelaide CBD.

Installed this week, the 50-metre long and 4-metre high piece is designed to inject vibrancy and life into the 60 King William Street laneway during construction of Charter Hall’s net zero emissions office building, running from the Southern side of Grenfell Street to the Northern side of Rundle Mall.

The artwork fuses art, illustration, design, and photography to create a colourful visual attraction for locals and the broader community to enjoy throughout the entirety of the construction phase, until 2023.

Mr Kavanagh was selected by a panel of judges, which included: The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor, Charter Hall Development Executive, George Roussos, and Rundle Mall Management.

Mr Kavanagh said, “The installation is designed to celebrate the vibrancy that the 60 King William Street precinct will deliver to the local community, while showcasing Adelaide’s small-city idiosyncrasies and multiculturalism through the use of a variety of styles and mixed media within the one piece.

“Public art is inherently placemaking, and this installation is intended to be the beginning of shaping the precinct as a destination that is future-focussed and invested in environmental sustainability, technology and health and wellbeing for occupants and the broader community.

“I hope people feel engaged when they see the artwork and take a moment to go on a little journey. It’s been an honour to work with Charter Hall on a project of this scale and size.”

Designed by world renowned Cox Architecture, the 60 King William Street development will include a 14-story PCA A-Grade office tower with state-of-the-art facilities underpinned by a retail, food and lifestyle precinct that will provide connections to Rundle Mall, James Place and King William Street.

Comprising approximately 40,000 square metres of office space and 3,600sqm of retail space for 3,500 commercial and retail workers, 60 King William Street will become the largest commercial real estate project in Adelaide’s CBD.

Charter Hall Regional Development Director, Bradley Norris, said, “This project is set to deliver a world-class, sustainable workplace for our tenant customers while offering cafes, barista bars, restaurants and wellness facilities – benefitting our tenant customers as well as the local community and visitors. It is directly in line with our precinct strategy, as we seek to create an enhanced experience for our stakeholders and enrich the local community, beginning with this fantastic art installation during our construction period, which celebrates the creative and cultural fabric of Adelaide.”

Find more of Matt Kavanagh’s artwork here.

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