The new look Gawler Place was officially unveiled in late 2019 and with it came the installation of two new innovative, bold and colourful art experiences — Flow and Ripples.
The Mall's newest pieces of art have quickly become popular meeting points, story-starters and places to connect, discover and wonder, even just for a moment.
Created by local artists Laura Willis and Will Cheesman, working with Exhibition Studios as the fabricator, Flow is integrated into the arbour structure at the northern end of Gawler Place and was inspired to lead people along the arbour, connecting the river to trees via the stars.
The imagery painted, etched and applied to the artwork evokes nature and the seasons whilst commenting on people’s daily commute.
Ripples was brought to life by local emerging artist Stephen Roy, working with metal fabricator Tom Golin. Ripples is a series of artworks integrated as furniture items along the street, including five seats and 17 traffic delineators, some of which also function as bike racks.
With Gawler Place’s proximity to the River Torrens and in reference to the recent renovations of Rundle Mall, Roy explores the inherent kinetic energy in flowing water and how objects such as native trees, stones and grasses act on and are acted upon by the dramatic ebb and flow of water throughout the Adelaide Plains.
Ripples looks specifically at how these markers can be used as guides to direct the kinetic flow through the Gawler Place precinct, allowing users to be carried by a current, past or present.