Bringing a splash of art to our foreshores
Published 16 December 2022
Summer never looked so colourful in Moreton Bay thanks to Council’s new Art At Large: Foreshore Footpaths program that brings art to the beautiful shores of the region.
Mayor Peter Flannery said Council commissioned nine local artists to create site-specific temporary public artworks for nine footpaths that skirt the shoreline of Moreton Bay.
“I can’t wait to get out and visit all nine of the beautiful foreshore areas and their new public artworks with my kids this summer,” he said.
“Our community has told us that they have a strong interest in the arts and that the natural beauty of the region is the most important reason for choosing Moreton Bay as a place to live.
"The Art At Large: Foreshore Footpaths program perfectly brings together the community’s love for original artworks and our amazing green and blue spaces where people enjoy exercising or spending their recreation time on the bay and in the many parks along the shoreline.
“From Bongaree to Deception Bay, Scarborough to Woody Point, the nine original artworks explore the diverse ecosystems, built environments, vistas and experiences of being on the bay.
“It not only makes our region a more vibrant place to live and visit, but the program is also a great opportunity for artists to add a professionally commissioned temporary artwork to their portfolio.
“Each of the artists have their own unique response to the Moreton Bay foreshore and you can scan the QR code at each artwork to discover the story behind their works.”
Artist Yuriyal Eric Bridgeman is interested in the connections between sport, culture and pattern. His artwork, The Pod, at Redcliffe Lagoon, combines the features of the football, the dolphin, and the colours of the Redcliffe Dolphins jersey.
On the Deception Bay foreshore, Annalisa Aum’s artwork, Peaceful travels, features some of the creatures who share the foreshore with us.
Long-time Scarborough local, Blair Garland’s artwork, Want a cuppa?, brings some of the quirky architectural elements of iconic local beach cottages to the foreshore footpath.
“Investing in our local arts sector is important for Council,” Mayor Flannery said.
“This initiative was designed to support local artists to create artwork at a large scale for display across a 25-metre-long section of footpath, and each artwork is fabricated in vinyl and applied to 30 per cent of the footpath area.
“Council paid each artist a commission fee and engaged experienced public artist, Simon Degroot, to provide mentoring support for the artists.
“Art At Large: Foreshore Footpaths provides a unique opportunity for local artists to have their artwork seen by thousands of people in the region.
“We believe art is for everyone. And getting outdoors to see these artworks will be good for your health and wellbeing. You can run, walk, skip or cycle to see the Foreshore Footpaths artworks.
“Over the summer holidays, why not meet up with family and friends to go on a mini-art-trail to visit the artworks.
Find out more about the artwork locations here: https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/Services/Arts-Culture-Heritage/Art-At-Large/Foreshore-Footpaths