10 January, 2020
When Adelaide meets Collingwood it’s not always as friendly as this.
But South Australian studio artist Brooke Walker says she’s had a warm welcome ever since she started work painting a neglected brick wall in Little Oxford Street.
Ms Walker has teamed up with street artist RONE to try her hand at a larger, grittier canvas in the form of an electricity substation.
Electricity distributor CitiPower has provided Ms Walker with the opportunity to expand her artistic horizons while also improving the look of an otherwise unremarkable wall.
Soon, a striking image of a Kangaroo cuddling its joey will stand out to passers-by on the small street.
“I usually do oil paintings, pictures of animals and portraits, but always in a studio,” Ms Walker said.
“So to get the opportunity to try and do something larger, something in a completely different setting to what I’m used to, it’s fantastic.”
Having secured funding to begin a mentorship, Ms Walker went about searching for someone who could offer a completely outlook on art to what she was used to.
“I got into contact with RONE here in Melbourne and he invited me to try this.”
“I really wanted to do something completely different to what I’m used to.”
RONE said it was fantastic to work with CitiPower and suggested the mural may have the effect of reducing graffiti on the wall.
CitiPower network facilities specialist Nathan Herring said this might just be the start of many art installations on substations.
“We have hundreds of these around inner suburbs,” he said.
“It’s certainly something we will look at and we thank Brooke for her work on this particular substation.”