Signs of Life in Bowen Street, 2012

Signs of Life in Bowen Street is a public art project curated by poet Mike Ladd and designed by myself that features street signs carrying epigrams and ideograms rather than the usual texts. The epigrams – short pithy poems – have been written by a number of locally and nationally respected poets.

We aim to surprise locals and tourists when they are expecting another boring parking sign and instead they look up and get a fragment of beauty, a satirical comment, or a bit of humour or philosophy.

Funded by Adelaide City Council through an Arts and Living Cultures Public Art Grant, the project was also designed to include planter boxes so as to introduce a small community garden and seating made from recycled materials. The vacant land that is awaiting development has been injected with new life.