Iconic SA Photographer Richard Lyons has recently asked the question. Should Chinatown Adelaide be improved?
“Toward the end of last year I kicked up a fuss about the state of Chinatown. So I spoke to my partner in crime, Adelaide expat Carl Van Wijk in Tokyo… with his advice I invested some time and photographed the entrance so we could create a vision of what he and I thought it could look like potentially. If you say something negative you need to back it up with a positive right? So here it is. Just a mock up, get people talking perhaps? A few more lanterns, some visual imagery ( happy to provide) a big kick arse video screen in the middle rotating images of S.A, paint the town red and throw in a rickshaw or two. Let me know what you think?”
7 December 2016
Yesterday I expressed my thoughts on the state of Chinatown. Ive been interested in opening a tshirt shop with my imagery, there is some nice vacant shops becoming available there. My post was my thoughts… when I looked at the state of the place, I thought “I need to clean this place up a bit if I want a shop here”. It caused me a bit of concern that maybe I upset some people, although I speak freely. So today I rang a few of the people who commented on the issue and asked them to come to my studio for a chat this afternoon. They kindly offered their time. Amongst vivid conversation and a glass of wine, I feel I can relax/feel confident with my comments. To be continued…
6 December 2016
So I took a walk down Chinatown this morning as it is meant to be one of our hubs of Adelaide… a tourist destination! Well I was shocked to be honest, the state of the mall as it is today. What a disgrace. We promote this city as a study destination for Chinese students and we give them this…our version of a Chinatown… Seriously? It looks like a prison the top facade. The paving is old and dirty. As a resident of Gouger st, I hear lots of people mention it. Why don’t we as a collective/creative industry put some ideas together that might inspire our council to do something? I could at least provide some imagery…any other ideas?