MIX­ING IT UP ON MU­RAL

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen Carly.Cullen@sc­news.com.au

GE­ORGE Rose’s in­ter­ac­tive art piece will lit­er­ally be bounc­ing off the walls.

The in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised artist, il­lus­tra­tor and mu­ral­ist has col­lab­o­rated with founder of the EyeJack app and dig­i­tal artist Stu Camp­bell for the Coast’s first an­i­mated mu­ral.

The app is a free plat­form for vis­i­tors to view the an­i­mated work through a mo­bile de­vice; to­gether the pair is chang­ing the way art is viewed with aug­mented real­ity.

“The mu­ral is in­spired by lo­cal Sun­shine Coast fauna and flora and when the Eyejack app is down­loaded onto a mo­bile de­vice, the fish will lit­er­ally come away from the wall and swim around peo­ple, and the flow­ers will open and close,” Ge­orge said.

The mas­ter­piece is com­mis­sioned by Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil, but the Mel­bourne-based artist has trav­elled the world paint­ing large walls and be­ing com­mis­sioned by the likes of In­sta­gram, Jans­port, Master­card, Mel­bourne Cen­tral and Star Wars.

“I am in love with colour, ty­pog­ra­phy, find­ing ex­cuses to spend most of my time out­doors, up lad­ders and cov­ered in paint,” she said.

“I’m ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity to create some­thing unique on the streets of Caloun­dra.”

“We are thrilled that Ge­orge Rose’s work will be fea­tured in Caloun­dra and look for­ward to launch­ing the AR an­i­ma­tion in the com­ing weeks,” Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil pub­lic art cu­ra­tor Julie Hau­ritz said.

The an­i­mated mu­ral is just one of the many street art dis­plays nes­tled within the walls of Caloun­dra.

Last week­end Ge­orge gave a talk at a Caloun­dra Re­gional Gallery Artspace work­shop fol­lowed by a walk to the art­work on Bul­cock Street for a close-up.

The for­mal un­veil­ing with aug­mented view­ing will be in Novem­ber.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

GO­ING SWIMMINGLY: Ge­orge cre­ates the Coast’s first an­i­mated mu­ral.

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