Around 300 litres of paint has turned Port Vincent’s 20-metre-high water tower into a colourful work of art for residents and visitors on the Yorke Peninsula to enjoy.
Led by the dedicated members of the Port Vincent Progress Association with support from SA Water and the Yorke Peninsula Council, the entire façade of the 60-year-old concrete tower off Lime Kiln Road has been given a new lease on life by renowned artists Vans the Omega, Jasmine Crisp and Camilo Delgado.
Taking around three weeks of painting, the mural details important cultural and historical aspects representing the Port Vincent area such as agriculture, sailing boats and yachts, fishing and the town’s historic wharf and surrounding coastal pine trees.
SA Water’s General Manager of Strategy, Engagement and Innovation Anna Jackson said the utility is always looking at ways to visually improve its infrastructure around the state for the benefit of the community.
“This tower plays an important role in providing local customers with clean, safe drinking water, and beyond this functional purpose is also seen by many locals and travellers passing through the area,” Anna said.
“The concrete exterior of many of our water tanks and towers provides a platform for large-scale murals and other artworks, and together with the local progress association it’s exciting to see this tower at Port Vincent now standing as a visual community asset for the community to enjoy.”
Artist Camilo Delgado, who worked on the Port Vincent tower throughout the project’s three-week duration, said the cylinder shape of the tower presented unique challenges when putting paint to canvas.
“While I enjoyed every part of the experience, I think the most special thing for me was the affection I received from the locals, as I have been away from my country for a long time and everyone in Port Vincent made me feel at home,” Camilo said.
“Normally the graphic concept is developed by me, but this mural was collaborated with the community, so in the final concept, the ideas proposed by the residents of Port Vincent are evident.”
SA Water is working on further enhancing the site as part of its Community Partnerships Program, with $10,000 in financial support to the progress association being used to install a series of storyboards, providing information to residents and visitors about the history and importance of water.
The Port Vincent artwork is one of many painted on SA Water’s Yorke Peninsula infrastructure, with murals recently completed in Coobowie, Yorketown and Edithburgh, as part of the local council’s art mural trail.
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