Peter Drews: Asylum seeker street art

When Ari and I were walking Adelaide’s CBD last week I couldn’t help but notice the asylum seeker street art of Peter Drews scattered around the city. I only saw about 4-5 of the 36 that Drews had put up over a period of two weeks in early June. Some property owners were not pleased.

Peter Drews Quetta

Peter Drews Quetta

The posters are simply constructed around the individual stories of refugees and asylum seekers, both in detention and on bridging visas, that subvert the politicised stereotypes in the “stop the boats” narrative in main stream media.

storms

Ari and I are at Victor Harbor whilst Suzanne is in Brisbane for a week. The southern coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide has been hit by storms from the south west. It has been wet and cold.

Petrel Cove

Petrel Cove

The early morning and late afternoon walks have been between the rain squalls. We have to be quick as the fine weather (no rain) doesn’t last for very long.

the more things change ….

In the last week or so Ari and I on our afternoon poodle walks have been wandering around the north western part of Adelaide’s CBD near the western campus of the University of South Australia. This is an area of the CBD that is marked for substantial re-development flowing from the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and the associated buildings that are currently being built.

There is little sign of the promised residential re-development happening:

Container

Container

The theory is that people will want to live in the area when they work in the hospital/university precinct. More people in the area leads to small businesses to provide services for the residents, workforce and students. All I can see is lots of car parks not high rise residential towers.

at Port Adelaide

Ari and I wandered around Port Adelaide after I had coffee with Dani McLean at the Red Lime Shack. The Ball of Light exhibition by Denis Smith at the Forge Warehouse wasn’t open so I took the opportunity to see what was happening with the redevelopment of the Port.

The Sawtooth building has a photo by Dani of its interior stuck on its outside wall:

Sawtooth building

Sawtooth building

Nothing much has happened in terms of redevelopment.

Many of the gracious old heritage builds in the Port stand empty with no tenants. Urban Construct, the developer of the new apartment buildings along the river, has gone leaving the redevelopment unfinished. The government had stripped Urban Construct of its contract to develop the Newport Quays precinct in October 2011.

the conservative prescription for Adelaide

As Ari and I wander around the CBD I cannot help but noticing how lively the city of Adelaide is becoming as a result of the state Labor government and the Adelaide City Council’s attempts to make the CBD a more vibrant place to live.

So it is with some dismay that I read the two Liberal candidates for Lord Mayor–Mark Hamilton and Michael Henningsen— are intent on rolling back the gains because we have lost our pride in Adelaide.

Langdon studio

Langdon studio

Between them these two candidates want more cars in the city; they want to do away with bike and bus lanes; they are opposed to high rise apartments; see the attempts to make the CBD a more vibrant place (eg., the upgrade to Victoria Square) as flawed and self-indulgent; and they want to return council to refocus on repairing the streets i.e. to focus on the traditional roads, rates and rubbish.

pavement art

On a recent poodlewalk Ari and I stumbled upon a trail of pavement art that started from the Sturt St Community School. We followed it along Wilcox St to the children’s playground on South Terrace in the southern part of the Adelaide parklands. I would expect that the trail of brightly painted insects would be very popular with the local community.

red beetle

red beetle

Since Sturt St was where the trial of a separated bicycle lane was a failure it was good to see something to liven up the neglected south western corner of Adelaide.

foggy Adelaide

It was quite foggy in the Adelaide early this morning when Ari and I went walking around the CBD. As most of the car parks are closed early on a Sunday morning it was difficult to find an elevated view of the CBD. We eventually found one with the lifts working, and I was able to take a few snaps before the fog lifted.

Rowland Apartments+ fog

Rowland Apartments+ fog

The fog didn’t last that long once the sun rose above the Adelaide Hills.