Alexandrina art trail grows as latest mural brightens Goolwa Road

Colourful: Artist Chad Spencer's third locally representative mural depicts the Southern Emu-wren. View his art on social media @epik_artist.
Colourful: Artist Chad Spencer's third locally representative mural depicts the Southern Emu-wren. View his art on social media @epik_artist.

A regional art trail is growing momentum following the completion of artist Chad Spencer's third colourful mural, just off Goolwa Road.

Aerosol artist Spencer's 'I-Spy Art Trail' concept is gaining traction following supportive community feedback on his first two murals in the Alexandrina countryside.

The project sees Spencer take inspiration from the environment around him when crafting murals which celebrate the region, its people and particularly, its endangered flora and fauna.

His latest piece titled 'Friends' is located at the Mount Compass end of Goolwa Road on a rainwater tank, but it's hard to spot from a distance so you'll have to keep an eye out.

The 360 degree mural which covers the large tank, was wholly funded by landowners Warren and Jane Jacobs and shines a light on the endangered Southern Emu-wren, with depictions of both female and male birds.

The painting also discusses the issue of mental health, using background imagery of a blue painted gumtree, which itself lies just down the road in Mr Jacobs' paddock.

Mr Jacobs painted the tree himself during the design process of Spencer's mural and it forms part of the Blue Trees Project, which aims to shine a light on mental health within rural communities, while encouraging conversations.

"Through discussions with Warren, we both decided the Emu-wren was the best subject to celebrate on this project being an endangered species in the Fleurieu region," Spencer said.

"The design process went for a few weeks and the painting itself was completed in five days. I have plans to do another painting just down the road on a hay shed, but the funding isn't there yet, so at the moment I'm calling on local community support to get it painted."

Ultimately, Spencer hopes to create significant paintings throughout the countryside which are community-accessible and relevant to people of all ages.

"So far the feedback has been wonderful and a bit overwhelming," he said. "I'd love for kids in cars travelling through this amazing region to be able to look out and see artwork with a story. I'm really proud and excited to grow the concept."

He is currently exploring funding options and relying significantly on landowners to fund paintings on their property. So far he has painted a Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo mural in Goolwa and a stunning aerosol-painted mural which includes local guinea flowers, stringy bark gumtrees and wattle on the edge of Goolwa Road, just outside Mount Compass. View Spencer's work via: @epik_artist or at: