Positioned between the Torrens and the city, Adelaide’s North Terrace is a cultural boulevard that exudes a strong sense of place. It says “take me seriously, this small city is as sophisticated as any other”. This sense of place was challenged, or perhaps amplified, by the recent sculpture Landed installed in front of the Art Gallery of South Australia by artist Ian Strange for the 2014 Adelaide Biennial. This replica of the artist’s childhood home, one of the many ‘stock-standard’ railway houses built for workers, blackened and positioned at an angle as if it had crash landed onto North Terrace, contrasted dramatically with the Gallery’s neoclassical sandstone façade.
This juxtaposition invited us to consider the role that art can play in thinking about place and begs the question of what’s next for North Terrace?
By Nick Mitzevich