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Murals reflect tenant’s success

In late March 2023, Apex Steel Supplies relocated to its new South Australian headquarters at 36 Caribou Drive, Direk SA. The property – a 21,160sqm industrial facility, complete with an additional 1,240sqm of office space – was recently developed by Centuria and is owned by the Centuria Diversified Property Fund (CDPF).

It is now home to 120 employees. Previously Apex leased three separate sites across Adelaide, which limited its warehousing and manufacturing capabilities as the company grew.

Apex Steel began its operations in South Australia in 2010. To commemorate this significant milestone and the opening of its new facility, established artist and Ngarrindjeri man from Kaurna Country, Thomas Readett, was commissioned to paint two murals.

The artworks ablaze two water tanks, depicting realistic portraits of two long standing and respected warehouse employees, Greg Blake and Jeremy Hansen.

Readett cited the portraits tell the story of Apex’s success and are representative of its entire workforce.

He said its clear Apex Steel Supplies is where it is today due to their valuable contribution. His approach incorporates realistic portraits of two long standing and respected warehouse employees, and their portraits are representative of the entire work force and tell the story of Apex’s success.

Thomas’ graphic aesthetic is powerfully rendered in black and white, with a touch of Apex Orange it demonstrates careful attention to detail, it melds street art style with a more formal approach and produces work that is technical and conceptual.