Gold Coast, QLD

Creative Road were engaged by Gold Coast Water and Waste to deliver a collection of contemporary urban artworks on 9 sites including sewer pump station buildings, water reservoirs and a large concrete recycled water tank. We developed a curatorial framework specific to the project, researching and proposing the best urban artists, preparing detailed artist briefs for each site, managing artist selection and artwork installation through to completion.

The artist brief required integrated artwork concepts specific to the building they were painting.  Integration was also about responding to the themes and stories that are important to the region and the existing meaningful characteristics of a place. Artists were asked to consider the stories that could be told, the curatorial framework and the surrounding natural environment.

Selected Gold Coast artists included Kiel Tillman, Luke Day, Danni Simpson, Sarah Beetson and Go Suga.  Brisbane artists Leans, Frank and Mimi, Sophia Mary Mac and Sydney artist Andrew Dennis were also selected to deliver artworks. The project was installed over three weeks and documented by Callie Marshall and filmmaker Jack Birtles.

Water Walls was primarily initiated to combat ongoing graffiti issues which were becoming cost prohibitive.  It also aimed to convert ordinary utilitarian infrastructure into something more alluring and attractive and which reflected the unique character of the Gold Coast and its people.  Water Walls dramatically improves the look and feel of the Gold Coast environment by transforming prominent public infrastructure sites throughout the local landscape. The project converted the often uninteresting or gloomy or facades of public infrastructure sites via a new overlay of beauty, joy and inspiration for the viewer.