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Under the Morphett Road bridge

Wed, 24 July, 2019

Jess and Rachel (project-2-project) were the selected winners who applied to design and deliver the artwork as part of the project.

Members of the project team, DPTI Rail Care, City of Marion and a local artist formed a panel to assess, select and then work with the winning artists to help deliver the artwork.

Jess and Rachel spent time researching the role that the river and surrounding environment played in the history and development of the local area. The land surrounding the Sturt River (Warripari) once provided food and resources to the local Kaurna people, as well as a travel route from the hills to sea. After colonisation, agricultural industries, particularly almonds and grapes, prospered in the area.

From here, Jess and Rachel created a piece which reflects the history of the City of Marion, as well as highlights the strong connections between the people of the area and the surrounding landscape. The core focus is almond trees and blossom, with historical pop-out images. These images are sourced from the Marion Heritage Research Centre, with the main images from a 1935 South Australian Tourism Commission Campaign, promoting day trips to the area to see the beautiful almond trees in bloom.

The remnant River Red Gum in the station southern forecourt also inspired the design of the artwork. They wanted to bring attention to this beautiful tree by linking up the images of the almond tree grove with the large gum, bringing nature down into the station.