Kallangur Water Tower Artwork Project
The Kallangur Water Tower is our latest project to be completed as part our community artwork program. The 33 meter tall tower was transformed with a large-scale public artwork chosen by the community to showcase the region’s natural beauty.
The design, called Symbiosis, was painted on the tower in June 2017 by artists Jordan Bruce, Joel Fergie and Travis Vinson.
About the design
The winning artwork design, called Symbiosis, depicts the natural beauty of the Kallangur area. The design was developed in response to community consultation undertaken by the tower artists and created in consultation with a design reference panel consisting of representatives from Moreton Bay Regional Council and Unitywater.
The artists aimed to create an artwork that showcases that region’s plants, trees, and wildlife, but also symbolises the regeneration of Kallangur through the University project and the new rail link.
The design features grass trees, or Xanthorea, that are found in the area and were traditionally used to start fires. The black cockatoo signifies rain, which creates a balance in the natural environment.
Working together, the elemental forces of fire and rain foster new growth and regeneration.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
This artwork aims to
- enhance the water tower site and complementing the surrounding area
- support a high-quality, community driven arts process.
- Late 2016: Community consultation to determine three most popular themes
- Early 2017: Water tower artists develop three concepts based on community consultation
- 1 – 14 May 2017: Residents and business operators of Kallangur, Petrie, Dakabin, Kurwongbah and Murrumba Downs invited to vote for their favourite artwork
- May - June 2017: The winning design is painted on the water tower.
Who will paint the tower?
Unitywater has engaged public art installation agency, Jugglers Art Space to paint a reproduction of the design and project manage the installation, artist involvement and community participation. This ensures the many OH&S elements of the project are addressed and the necessary graffiti prevention strategies are delivered during the installation.
How can an artwork deter graffiti?
Utilities and councils throughout Australia and overseas install public artworks as a graffiti prevention strategy on the basis that graffiti offenders are less likely to tag or deface an artwork, particularly when they have been involved in its creation. Our reservoir artworks are designed and installed by not for profit agencies that specialise in creating painted works of art with well-known street artists. The installation process includes a mentoring program with local kids that aims to providing them with inspiration to further their skills in a positive way and educate them on the negative impact of graffiti. As a result, the artworks often gain wider respect amongst the graffiti community and are less likely to be tagged again.
How will the design be developed?
Nearby residents are able to provide input into what kind of design they would prefer to see on the tower through a community survey. The survey aims to capture a reflection of the local identity and what kinds of themes, styles and artwork they would like to see in the design. This information will help to guide the design brief. Unitywater will collaborate with Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Public Art team to commission three artwork concepts to meet the design brief and the community will be invited to vote for the final artwork.
What will the artwork look like?
The style, look and content of the artwork will be determined by the community! For example, the artwork could be modern or traditional, photo-realistic or abstract, full coverage or minimal. The Design Panel will ensure all concepts meet the region’s design principles, are in keeping with the community’s wishes and enhance the surrounding landscape.
Who will design and install the artwork?
Unitywater engages specialised public art agencies to design and install our artworks. These agencies are not only skilled in designing and installing large scale public artworks, they also develop and implement community engagement programs to mentor local youth during each project.
Art agencies are appointed through the project tender process. If you would like to find out more information about future artworks and project specifications, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
How will the final design concept be chosen?
The final artwork will be selected through a community voting process in April 2017. The most popular artwork will be painted on the reservoir.
When will the final design be announced and installed?
Artwork will be announced in May 2017. Installation will commence later that month, weather permitting.