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