MAK­ING COLOUR­FUL COM­MENT

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Annie Caughey Annie.Caughey@sc­news.com.au

KEEP your eyes on the road and don’t get too dis­tracted as you drive by a new vi­brant mu­ral on Maud St in Ma­roochy­dore.

The enor­mous art­work, sit­u­ated at what will be the main en­trance to the town’s CBD de­vel­op­ment, was cre­ated by prom­i­nent Ber­lin artist duo, the Low Bros. The event was the of­fi­cial launch of a new pro­gram funded by the Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil called Drawn To­gether.

The project will over­see the pro­duc­tion of six pub­lic art pieces, which are aimed to re­duce van­dal­ism, brighten up city land­scapes and pos­i­tively en­gage res­i­dents with an ar­ray of so­cial con­cepts.

Back­ing up from the re­cent Aus­tralian Sea Wall Fes­ti­val that fo­cuses its at­ten­tion on ocean con­ser­va­tion, broth­ers Christoph and Florin Sch­midt car­ried on with the theme of en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity for the mu­ral here on the Coast.

“We want to jump on the topic of how we got away from na­ture and how we’re drift­ing into this dig­i­tal world. We need to be care­ful not to lose the con­nec­tion to ac­tual na­ture,” Christoph said. “Ev­ery­thing dig­i­tal looks per­fect and I think we lose sight of nat­u­ral re­al­ity.”

Florin said the dull box-shaped as­pects of the de­sign rep­re­sent hu­man in­fra­struc­ture, which is cov­ered by glass walls that act as the screens of our tech­nol­ogy, block­ing so­ci­ety from the colour­ful sur­round­ings of the out­side world.

Project man­ager Amie Moffat said the mu­ral was a wel­come in­ter­rup­tion to the typ­i­cal ur­ban land­scape. Over the course of the Drawn To­gether pro­gram, work­ers will re­move van­dal­ism and tags from mul­ti­ple sites in the re­gion to make way for the newly com­mis­sioned art­works. Or­gan­is­ers will also run a se­ries of in­no­va­tive work­shops for lo­cal artists.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

BRUSH­ING UP: Cristoph Sch­midt from Ber­lin paints a mu­ral in Ma­roochy­dore for the Na­tional Sea Wall Fes­ti­val.

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