Topham Mall

Be Friendly won the contract from Adelaide City Council to design and paint this mural, as part of the Council’s ongoing place-making program. This particular location was a neglected and depressing bottle neck; unknown at best, occasionally despised. With no historical points of interest or cultural associations to draw on, Be Friendly decided to focus on the built form as inspiration for the design of the artwork. Accordingly, instead of ignoring or lamenting the oddities of the extant architecture, the challenge became accentuating the structure’s awkward angles and incorporating the murky ochre base colour into the design. Stripes and angles intersect the lines of the cast concrete, while a radiant yellow and blue work in surprising harmony with the base colour.

Photos by Andre Castellucci