Arts in Your Space

Arts In Your Space is the Year 4 initiative of our Public Arts Strategy. Artists re-considered highly visible locations in Unley and produced six diverse, exciting and unique public arts projects.

Unley Colour Court

Page Park, Clarence Park

Potentially the first basketball court mural in South Australia, and maybe Australia, Unley Colour Court was produced by artist Matt Fortrose. Drop by and check out Unley Colour Court at Page Park.

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Matthew Fortrose is an experienced street artist whose artworks are a contemporary response to the heritage tones found within the Unley area. The deeper shades of slate and cream are reflective of bluestone and sandstone, materials often used in the construction of earlier housing in Unley.

Photos: Sam Oster/Silvertrace

This time another year

Henry Codd Reserve, Parkside

Two contemporary 2m white mild steel sculptural artworks by artist Bridget Currie are complemented by Giant Sea Squill and Native Chocolate Lily bulbs within their space, which will give the sculptures a different perspective with the changing seasons. Bridget is one of Adelaide’s foremost contemporary artists represented by Greenaway Gallery and has exhibited around the world. These sculptures are among the first contemporary conceptual artworks we have commissioned in the public realm. Bridget explains,

“The form of the sculptural elements is abstract, developed intuitively in relation to the site. What is a visitor to the Henry Codd Reserve thinking? The action of walking, memories, abstract thoughts, sensory information from the environment are all layered together. As we float in our own thoughts it is imagined that the white sculptural forms will float in the park setting providing a moment of stillness and contemplation.

Ideas of regeneration, time and transcience are evoked by the life cycle of a bulb. The cyclical nature of flowering bulbs allows an element of anticipation and familiarity to develop for members of the local community and regular users of the park. I hope that the growth of the bulbs within the structure becomes a regular event that can be looked forward to and enjoyed with pride by the local community."

Photos: Sam Oster/Silvertrace

The Beehives of Goodwood

Goodwood Oval, Millswood

Two mild steel domes representing bee hives have been created by artist Ellen Schlobohm close to the playground and subtly placed in the mulch beneath the cork trees but clearly visible from the main oval. Ellen explains,

“The design for the dome reflects a beehive and its inhabitants. Bees live in communities and work together to prosper and grow. This reflects the way the community within the City of Unley comes together for events, makes way for new infrastructure and supports local businesses and produce. The domes celebrate community and emphasise the value of coming together, to work, to live and to thrive. My proposed site for the domes is Goodwood Oval which is an important part of this community. Locals come to watch sporting matches, host family picnics and enjoy the fantastic playground area. The space connects people from all aspects of the community and can only be enhanced with public art which will be enjoyed for years to come.

I also chose to use the hive and bee motifs in my designs as I believe it is important to recognise the vital role that bees play in our overall ecosystem and the impact modern society has had on their natural environment. We need to encourage our bee populations to grow in a way that is sustainable and healthy for both the bees and the community. The domes encourage people to consider this issue and provides a starting point for conversations between parents and their children about respecting our environment.”

Photos: Sam Oster/Silvertrace

Ways of Walking

Everyday journeys of citizens of Unley

Ways of Walking is a walking tour of everyday walks and unique experiences of local people in Malvern, Highgate, Fullarton and Myrtle Bank. Artist Cynthia Schwertsik gathered stories, memories and activities of local residents through community engagement at Highgate Primary School, Fullarton Park Community Centre and other Council facilities. Cynthia has re-told their stories on stobie pole signs (which pay homage to our everyday regulatory street signage) and re-interpreted them with videos, photos and images. By downloading the QR Code app you can enjoy 20 mini-artworks and “reveal the pleasures encountered by residents every day and open a portal to share the joy both in the real space as well as in the virtual” (Cynthia Schwertsik).

Ways of Walking is part of an ongoing series of walking trails and are available by using the app. Go to the App Store on your phone, download izi.TRAVEL, work your way through the introduction and go to 'all guides' at the bottom of the screen to reveal Discover Historic Goodwood. And don’t forget to download the QR code app as well.

Please check out Discover Historic Goodwood, Discover Historic Unley, Goodwood Road Streetscape artworks and, during SALA Festival, SALA in Unley.


Photos: Sam Oster/Silvertrace


Forestville Reserve, Forestville

This 18 metre artwork created by Project2Project is a celebration of the Unley Swimming Centre creating a strong sense of nostalgia and fun. Using historical and contemporary images on the rear wall of the Swimming Centre’s change rooms, this image will make you come back time and again to see the many contemporary ’disruptions’ Project2Project have added. As they say,

“We believe that artworks in the public realm should engage the viewer multiple times and to this end we create work that is playful and has a sense of discovery: hidden treasures to be experienced over time.”

Photos: Sam Oster/Silvertrace

This way and that way

Culvert Street, Parkside

Two colourful 2.8m concrete and steel sculptures created by artist Cheryll Johns are a playful expression on the amount of signage we have in our public realm and ‘directs’ the large amount of pedestrians and cyclists who travel in both directions along Glen Osmond Creek. Cheryll says,

“This way and that’ is a response to the pathways winding through the site. A tongue in cheek twist on signage. A thoroughfare doesn’t have to be seen as a disadvantage. A path is a shared space where different people’s journeys cross and intersect, take u-turns and about-faces. Life isn’t ruled by a straight path. People smile at each other, wave, stop and talk to each other bringing their own personal take on the world with them, touching other’s world as they pass another. Individual moments come together to form a collective experience. This is the value of a public pathway. ‘This way and that’ celebrates inclusive spaces for everyone’s journey.

Bright and uplifting, these figures are attention seekers designed to steal moments from pedestrian’s everyday routine to encourage them to take in their surroundings. They are a reason to stop, appreciate and enjoy the space. These sculptures are friendly and accessible in feel. They are a discussion point, drawing the public through the Culvert Street site to see them.”

Cheryll Johns was mentored by Tony Rosella and Jason Balmer.

Photos: Sam Oster/Silvertrace