Breathing new life into a 1960’s minimalist icon, Rundle Mall Plaza (formerly a David Jones department store) underwent a major redevelopment in 2018/19 creating a modern, rejuvenated, and iconic retail precinct with an alternate elevated dining experience above Rundle Mall, which caters for both the Rundle Mall shopper and the CBD worker.
The Ground Floor is dedicated to retail and fashion — including Swedish fashion giant H&M —, while the Lower Ground Floor is a hub for all things tech with retailers such as JB Hi-Fi, EB Games and Shin Tokyo.
While most other precincts in Rundle Mall have underground food courts, Rundle Mall Plaza has decided to step it up a notch by elevating its sophisticated Dining Precinct “The Terrace at Rundle Mall Plaza”, to overlook the Mall from Level 1. With an abundance of natural light, it is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle for a bite to eat or a relaxed drink – we all know shopping is thirsty work!
Don't forget to look up! The 'Progress' sculpture has looked over Rundle Mall for more than 50 years.
Representing the spirit of progress, the neo-cubist welded copper wall sculpture 'Progress' was created by Lyndon Dadswell in 1959 and installed at the site of Rundle Mall's original David Jones department store in 1963. The artist, Dadswell, studied firstly with Julian Ashton in Sydney and then at the Royal Academy, London. His other public works include the relief panels for Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance and the King George Memorial in Sydney which generated much public controversy in 1945.
In extensive conservation treatment in 2018 by Artlab Australia including a major clean, the overseeing of specialised copper welding and general preparation of the sculpture. Re-installed on Rundle Mall Plaza, the Progress Sculpture has moved to a central location and has now become a major icon when entering the building.