Chesser Street in the city has been transformed into an outdoor art gallery, as local artists put the finishing touches on works inspired by the street’s namesake, Captain William Chesser.
Seven local artists from Tooth & Nail studio have painted the roller shutters of Ottoway’s jewellers and sections of the road with text-based designs like “three sheets to the wind” and “the coast is clear,” bringing a nautical theme to the street.
Paying homage to Captain Chesser’s 1836 voyage to Adelaide on the ship Coromandel, artists Jake Holmes, ANKLES and Joshua Searson have incorporated compasses at each end of the street, in the hope of drawing people into the laneway.
“Tucked away public artworks such as these can encourage locals and tourists alike to discover lesser known areas of the city, whilst giving people a bit of its history” Holmes said.
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The outdoor gallery is part of a broader project of the Adelaide City Council and 5000+, to test some of the findings of Gehl Architects' study of Adelaide city, titled Public Spaces, Public Life 2011, due for release in October.
Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said “a big focus of the Council is to bring activity and life to underused city streets.”
“Projects like this bring a sense of surprise and energy to quieter pockets of the CBD, while adding character, creativity and showcasing local talent,” he said.
The report Public Spaces, Public Life 2011 was commissioned by the Adelaide City Council and 5000+, to provide an overview of the city’s public spaces and their uses.
Video credit: Chesser Street Jam courtesy of Capital Waste