STREET ART IS ADDING VIBRANCY TO THE REGION, BUT IS IT YOUR CUP OF TEA?
BANKSY IS INTERNATIONALLY FAMOUS FOR TURNING GRAFFITI INTO HIGH ART. CLEVER IMAGES BY AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS ARE POPPING UP ON PUBLIC SPACES ACROSS THE SUNSHINE COAST, ADDING VIBRANCY TO OUR CBDS, BUT IS IT YOUR CUP OF TEA?
Street art on the Sunshine Coast – is it graffiti or an art form? Banksy and the likes pioneered this form of expression that has spread worldwide.
There it is ... far and wide. And this art form attracts.
Melbourne is making a name for itself with the artwork in the lanes opposite the National Gallery of Victoria and the inner city.
But have you seen the art that is emerging on the Sunshine Coast?
The ocean mural on the machinery shed at Marcoola has long caught the attention of visitors and Sunshine Coasters alike, for the way it captures the coastal lifestyle.
Now there are pockets of street art in Williamson Lane in Caloundra, Ocean Street in Maroochydore and around the CBD in Nambour for instance.
The back lanes. What does that mean? Underground art, anonymous expression, art for those from a certain demographic ... edgier than a mural yet more artistic than graffiti.
Does street art represent an area or is an area represented by its art? Is it simply a matter of it is what it is ... don’t think too deeply?
It attracts attention and foot traffic to the most obscure places. And endless selfie photo opportunities.
Street art is everywhere when you open your eyes wide.
Such as the fencing surrounding a vacant block opposite the Sunshine Coast University Hospital or the Dingle Wall in Caloundra. Strength of outline, bright primary colours catch the eyes. Then, a closer look reveals people and things – patterned, like a naughties Picasso.
As well as bringing colour to the local community street art can affect tourism. It might be hard to quantify, yet there is a reason for cafes and coffee to flourish near the popular sites. Is the reason these people are in this otherwise laneways the art?
Yes. An art place. And how much did they spend to be there? And buy in nearby shops? Street art is usually unsanctioned and composed to make a public statement about the society that the artist lives within. The work has moved from the beginnings of graffiti and vandalism to new modes where artists work to bring messages, or simple beauty, to an audience.
It’s a way to raise awareness of social and political issues while others simply see urban space as an untapped format for personal artwork. Others may appreciate the challenges and risks that are associated with installing illicit artwork in public places.
So think about the bigger picture during the course of your day or your stay on the Sunshine Coast.
There is so much to like about it.
STREET COLOUR: The new mural opposit the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Birtinya by local artist Steven Bordonaro.
MA & PA Drawn Together, Caloundra, by Adam Lewczuk and Ryan Sullivan.
Derek at Ocean St, Maroochydore by Fuzeillear.
Hopeful IV at Caloundra by Fuzeillear.
The Sky is the Limit at C-square, Nambour by artist Mandy Schone-salter.