Fringe Review: Street Art Explosion Walking Tours

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Presented by Zombie Queen Art & Consulting and Adelaide Fringe
Reviewed 24 February 2018

Street art and murals add to the vibrancy of city life. They add colour, curiosity and amazing works of artistry to be found along main roads and tucked away in laneways.

For the third year running, the Adelaide Fringe has contributed to the ongoing cultural life of our city by commissioning several large art works to adorn buildings around town in a program known as Street Art Explosion. The program also provides a self-guided walking tour map for punters to stroll through the square mile and discover these and other amazing works themselves.

Artist Zombie Queen, AKA Penny Martin, has put together a series of hosted tours targeting specific parts of the city. She leads the group on foot, highlighting significant legal artwork, talking about the artists behind the paintings and discussing art in general. It’s her first time running such a tour and, with a bit more organisation and finesse, she’s onto a winner.

Her first tour on 24 February focussed on the East End of the city and so will, it appears, the tour on 10 March. The final walking tour on 17 March begins on Whitmore Square in the south-west corner of the city.

This weekend, the debut tour explored three Street Art Explosion works, complemented by a range of other notable paintings primarily around Rundle Street. Artist Leah Grant met the tour group to talk directly about her own contribution: a depiction of Rapunzel’s hair being let down on the front of a Frome Road car park. She discussed the idea, the challenges of scaling a sketch to such a size, the use of aerosol paints, and her own artistic career.

Further along, Claire Foxton’s hidden tribute to suffragette Muriel Matters was a sight to behold on Dawkins Place, while Mimby Jones Robinson’s Goddess is an explosion of colour along the otherwise dull Tam O’Shanter Place. The latter is also the cover image selected for the Fringe’s Street Art Explosion Map.

These amazing pieces are here to stay. They’re not temporary installations but they’re well worth exploring before age or the weather begins to wear down their impact over time.

As a host, Zombie Queen is easy going and fun. Her passion for art and Street Art in particular is evident however she needs to put that knowledge to better use, imparting more than she currently does. As an informational tour, there needs to be a flood of facts, stories, history and ideas at each stop, not just a few interesting words. Once she finds that balance between not enough and too much information, these tours will be worth far more than the measly $10 currently being charged. I’m looking forward to attending more in the future and watching both her tours and our Street Art culture grow.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Twitter: @StrtegicRetweet

Rating out of 5: 3.5

Venue: Various starting points across Adelaide
Season: 24 February, 10 & 17 March 2018
Duration: 90 minutes
Tickets: $10
Bookings: FringeTix

Zombie Queen leads the tour, discussing and discovering street art.

Zombie Queen leads the tour, discussing and discovering street art.

Artist Leah Grant was commissioned for the Street Art Explosion program to bring this Frome Road car part frontage to life. She chose to depict Rapunzel’s hair being let down from the top window.

Claire Foxton painted this magnificent tribute to Australian suffragette Muriel Matters, found tucked away on Dawkins Place.

Tam O’Shanter Place explodes with colour and life from this enormous painting by Mimby Jones Robinson.

The Rhino Room is an iconic Adelaide comedy club and their new home is now adorned with this beautiful piece by Mike Makatron.

The Rhino Room is an iconic Adelaide comedy club and their new home is now adorned with this beautiful piece by Mike Makatron.

Ophelia in the water is located on Vardon Avenue and is one of several paintings by artist Jimmy C seen on the tour.

Ophelia in the water is located on Vardon Avenue and is one of several paintings by artist Jimmy C seen on the tour.

This owl in flight is part of a bigger work by Jimmy C, located in the laneway beside the Exeter Hotel.

This owl in flight is part of a bigger work by Jimmy C, located in the laneway beside the Exeter Hotel.

Artist unknown but the Rundle Street end of Vardon Avenue hides this amazing work of art.

Artist unknown but the Rundle Street end of Vardon Avenue hides this amazing work of art.

Directly across Rundle Street from Vardon Avenue is this Asian-inspired mural created by several artists.

Directly across Rundle Street from Vardon Avenue is this Asian-inspired mural created by several artists.

No, it's not our former Prime Minster, John Howard! Frank the Barber works on Ebenezer Place, a couple of doors down from Frank's Lane and this mural is a tribute to him.

No, it’s not our former Prime Minster, John Howard! Frank the Barber works on Ebenezer Place, a couple of doors down from Frank’s Lane and this mural is a tribute to him.

The tour ended in the alleyway behind the Exeter Hotel where artist Jack Fran has painted two awe-inspiring faces on the back on the building. Take a peak next time you're passing if you want to see the other face.

The tour ended in the alleyway behind the Exeter Hotel where artist Jack Fran has painted two awe-inspiring faces on the back on the building. Take a peak next time you’re passing if you want to see the other face.

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As a host, Zombie Queen is easy going and fun. Her passion for art and Street Art in particular is evident however she needs to put that knowledge to better use, imparting more than she currently does. I’m looking forward to attending more in the future and watching both her tours and our Street Art culture grow.

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Rod Lewis has been a member of the Glam Adelaide family since February 2010. He is our Books & Literature Editor and has previously led the arts, film and television portfolios. He has been a professional Arts critic for more than 30 years. To get in touch, contact [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @StrtegicRetweet

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