Painted jun­gle to colour Mag­nums

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

TROP­I­CAL Cy­clone Deb­bie may have made a big dent in Mag­nums Ho­tel but Air­lie Beach artist Markus Cain is mak­ing an even big­ger mark – through his art.

Dur­ing the cy­clone, a lot of the gar­dens around Mag­nums and Air­lie Beach in gen­eral were dam­aged.

So Mr Cain was ap­proached by Mag­nums’ El­iz­a­beth Hack­ett, of Trus­tees Aus­tralia, who asked him to paint rather than grow an­other jun­gle.

Mr Cain’s mu­ral will fea­ture a num­ber of el­e­ments, in­clud­ing the iconic Mag­nums gecko hidden away in a theme sim­i­lar to Where’s Wally?.

Lo­cal res­i­dents may have seen his work around the Whitsundays, in­clud­ing the sol­dier crab sculp­ture at the Botan­i­cal Gar­dens in Can­non­vale.

Mr Cain has been work­ing on the Mag­nums mu­ral for three weeks and said he ex­pected there was at least one more week of work to go.

“It’s a big job,” he said. “(But) I’ve got a dis­abil­ity so it gets me off the streets.”

In 1990 Mr Cain was in­volved in a div­ing ac­ci­dent, where he broke his neck and was left a para­plegic.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing in Air­lie Beach post-ac­ci­dent, he would swap his art for boat trips, al­low­ing him to still spend time out at sea.

“(My) dream is to get on a boat and go around the is­lands paint­ing,” he said.

“I’m still set­ting up and saving for ma­te­ri­als.”

PHOTO: INGE HANSEN

ARTIS­TIC: Markus Cain works on the mu­ral at Mag­nums Ho­tel.

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