Port Adelaide became a giant canvas on the weekend, as an influx of street artists and mural makers descended on the historic waterside precinct to transform the area’s blank walls into vibrant art installations.

The annual street-art festival, Wonderwalls, is led by creative director Joel Van Moore, in conjunction with the Big Picture Fest and Pirate Life Brewing. It sees large-scale portraits, graffiti art and mixed-media pieces scattered across public sites, attracting tens of thousands of people each year.

This year’s artists include PichiAvo, aka Juan Antonio Sánchez Santos from Spain, Rosie Woods from the UK, Vesod from Italy, Demsky from Spain, Scott Marsh from Sydney and Adelaide’s Jasmine Crisp and Julia Townsend, who spent the long weekend adding the final splashes of colour to the walls.

The murals span provocative political statements to striking, colourful graphics. Some reach up to 200 square metres in size, and had to be executed with the help of diesel and electric scissor lifts.

Our photographer Sarah Lawrie took a stroll through the Port’s backstreets and laneways to capture the best of it.