Drawn together Maroochydore urban street artwork to connect community with the heart of the city
  • Friday 18 May 2018

Street art created by high-profile artists Low Bros from Berlin and local artist Thom Stuart was officially launched today (May 18) by Drawn Together Maroochydore in partnership with Sea Walls Australia.

Providing an eye-catching addition to the entry to the new Maroochydore CBD, the primary artwork by International duo Low Bros is at 40 Maud Street.

The Drawn Together program is funded by the Sunshine Coast Council and works closely with local community organisations, businesses and community members to reduce vandalism impact by facilitating community workshops, artist workshops, education for business and landowners in rapid response to rapid vandalism removal. The broader impact of this initiative is the opportunities for high profile and local artists to perform at a large scale, and for communities to engage with exciting, positive public art.

Maroochydore Revitalisation Association creative producer Amie Moffat was thrilled to be working on the project.

“This is an important project and to be working in partnership with such a reputable organisation as Sea Walls Australia is incredible,” she said.

Division 8 Councillor Jason O’Pray said council established the Drawn Together program in 2015 to support a shared community response to graffiti management and it has now successfully transitioned to a community-led initiative.

“Drawn Together projects have been delivered in Beerwah, Caloundra and Nambour and I am honoured the project has now been delivered by Maroochydore Revitalisation Association for all the community to enjoy.”

Sea Walls Festival director Emily Devers curated the permanent street art on walls in Maroochydore.

“In 2017, the first Sea Walls artwork in Australia was delivered on Ocean Street. This activation showcased the Drawn Together project and communicates the Sea Walls messaging of environmental stewardship, as well as reducing the impacts of vandalism within the community,” she said.

“Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans is a public art program that brings the critical messaging of ocean conservation and environmental stewardship into streets around the globe.

“By collaborating with an ever-growing community of 200+ international contemporary artists, we have created over 300 murals in 13 countries around the world since the program’s establishment in 2014.

“While our oceans are the earth’s life support system, providing 70% of the oxygen we breathe, a sixth of the animal protein people eat, medicines that keep us alive and healthy, and so much more, human impact in the form of overfishing, climate change, development, and plastic pollution are taking a serious toll on the health of our seas.

“Unfortunately, these critical issues are often complex, multi-faceted and hard to understand for the average person. Through public art, Sea Walls has the opportunity to translate facts into visual stories that engage the public in a non-confrontational manner, and increase awareness.”

Artist Bios
Low Bros Bio
The Low Bros are a German Post Graffiti artist duo made up of brothers Christoph and Florin Schmidt. With a background in street culture and an interest in contemporary developments, they explore a self-coined ‘Retro-Futuristic’ vibe. From their collective memory of the 80s and 90s, the Low Bros create a vantage point from which to reimagine the present future; a perception which refocuses the conflicts they embody in the modern age.

Their work comprises several recurring characters constructed from bold geometric shapes among copper wires, a symbolic means of our modern connectedness. As the viewer begins to deconstruct these forms, the complexity of their aesthetic is revealed with each symbol introducing another layer to explore. A recurring character is the wolf whom we see often duplicated or fractured, his tough exterior juxtaposed against soft spots in pink fleshy tones. Slick shades form emotional and intellectual barriers from the oncoming stares. We are the wolf, inside of an unrecognisable, yet familiar reality.

Thom Stuart Bio
Thom Stuart is a Sunshine Coast-based painter, whose work draws heavily on his experience surrounded by both the natural and urban environments.

With a practice that embraces both the studio and street, his work is particularly interested in the overlooked landscape. In this space, found structures, signposts, failed monuments, cultural artefacts, and the remnants of human interventions on the natural world is placed front and centre.

Whether large or small, his semi abstract forms and embrace of vivid colour has resulted in a number of large scale public commissions, and solo and group exhibitions throughout the Sunshine Coast and greater Queensland.

Image captions: Division 4 Councillor Jason O'Pray pictured with the Low Bros - German Post Graffiti artist duo Cristoph and Florin Schmidt.