Livingstone Council rolls out first spectacular public art piece
Posted on April 26th, 2017
A spectacular Lionfish mural will now greet visitors driving into the Yeppoon Town Centre Car Park from the Hill St entrance, as Council’s much-anticipated place making initiatives continue to take shape.
After calling for expressions of interest for talented artists to ‘make their mark’ on the Capricorn Coast, local art consortium Out There Co. was awarded the tender and took just under two weeks to complete the first stage of the project.
Popular local artist Bill Gannon – who heads Out There Co. with son Luke and fellow visionary Jon Watson – said the trio decided on a sea creature theme upon being awarded the tender. This project was completed with spray cans and designed specifically to feel fresh and alive. The Lionfish even appears to be contemplating eating the car wash change machine. This animated artwork with flowing fins really adds to the Hill Street entrance to the Yeppoon Town Centre Car Park and it’s proving very popular for photographs.
The project is only the start of a number of strategic place-making and public art initiatives across the Capricorn Coast. Livingstone Shire Council’s Urban Strategy and Foreshore Project Teams have focused on combining art with public infrastructure in a number of key community locations to modernise Town Centres and create vibrant, family-friendly public spaces for the community to enjoy.
Enhancing visual amenity through public art provides local artists numerous opportunities to showcase their exceptional talents. Council acknowledges and thanks the Australian and Queensland Governments for their funding support and partnership in delivering these projects as part of the Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation Project.
The Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation (Stages 3, 4 & 5) is a $53 million project jointly funded with the Coalition Government contributing $10 million, the Queensland Government contributing $29 million, and Livingstone Shire Council contributing $14 million.