Written by LDS / Photos by Vanessa Burton, Jan 2015
Its great to see any town support an art-form that is usually so associated with a shadier side of society. With a growing interest in STREET ART many cities are now providing space for budding artists to legally practice their craft and as a result the quality is now quite breathtaking. Through Renewal SA, South Australia’s Port Adelaide was put forward as a blank canvas, opening a number of sites including abandoned office blocks, back alleys and galleries. The result; project: Wonderwalls 2015.
This 3 day festival showcased some of Australia’s best underground talents though visually will alter the vibe to Port Adelaide for weeks to come.
One of the finest talents for photo-realism at this festival is SMUG ONE, born in Australia now living in Glasgow, Scotland. Smug keeps it local with his Port Adelaide piece featuring a Farmers Union Iced Coffee and a fishing rod.
Polish graffiti artists Sainer & Bezt (Etam Cru) paint large-scale political-esque murals with heavy Eastern European undertones, not too disimilar in style to much of the cold-war propaganda art. With many pieces dotted across Europe and the US, Australia are now added to the bill.
Gallery for Port Adelaide Wonderwalls 2015: