The owners of Paralowie Village Shopping Centre have come together with the City of Salisbury to commission a large-scale mural as part of the Council’s ‘Create a Place’ project to promote art and culture in the state’s north.

Over 10 incredible submissions from some of Australia’s most talented artists were received in response to the theme, which involved embracing multiculturalism, diversity and celebrating the culture and identity of the community of Paralowie and South Australia before internationally renown Mike Makatron was chosen for the piece.

Mike has been painting for over 20 years and has produced works found all over Australia, as well as in over 30 countries and 50 cities, from the Berlin Wall to the River Ganges in India and was chosen due to his ties within the Adelaide community and phenomenal abilities to create engaging and thought-provoking pieces of art.

‘I’m excited and honoured to be chosen for this large-scale mural project in my hometown of Adelaide, particularly as the theme of multiculturalism is important to me as it represents a healthy and respectful community. I aim to paint a playful and fun mural using a combination of dot matrix pixel effects and textured realism that creates a little intrigue with the various elements’ said Mike recently.

‘Street art plays such an important role in creating a vibrant and engaged community and we couldn’t pass up this amazing opportunity to activate this blank canvas whilst celebrating the melting pot that is Paralowie. We are excited to have an artist the calibre of Mike Makatron as our first artist for this project and hope he will inspire the next generation of artists’ said Paralowie Village’s Jeevan Koo.

The blank wall presents the perfect canvas to create and activate a public realm where residents, students and visitors of the shopping centre and nearby Settlers Farm primary school are encouraged to stop, enjoy, interact, engage and engage with the mural.

It is envisaged this mural will be the first of many more to be commissioned as part of a larger project, which will continue to engage the community and showcase the incredible abilities of South Australian artists.

You can catch Mike painting at the rear of Paralowie Shopping Centre from 28th Feb to 4th March 2022. Why not say hello!