Pirates take up residence in Beerwah rail underpass
  • Friday 11 May 2012

Sunshine Coast Council invites the community to take a moment to enjoy the revitalised pirate themed community mural when using the Beerwah rail pedestrian underpass.

Council’s Cultural Heritage and Collections Manager, John Waldron said NoWhere Art Group originally completed the 90 metre pop culture mural as part of the Beerwah Rail Crossing Project.

"We were excited to invite NoWhere Art Group back to refresh the mural which was commissioned by the State Government in 2009," he said.

"The group made up of local artists returned to work on the collaboration by filling the space with contemporary art based on the theme of pirates.

"The theme was identified from conversations with young people in the area.

"The mural is part of an ongoing program of community engagement and public space beautification and it is planned to rotate the artworks every 12 months.

"The artwork definitely adds some interest and colour for the whole community to enjoy."

Mr Waldron said NoWhere Art Group, a Sunshine Coast based artist-run-initiative, aims to stimulate contemporary art practice in the region.

"The group was formed after the Urban Scrawl exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery in 2008 which generated positive discussions around the potential for an artist-run collective for the Sunshine Coast," he said.

"Since then the group has undertaken various commissions across the Coast including artworks in the Caloundra and Maroochydore Libraries and Nambour, Talara and Kawana Skate Parks as well as completing many private commissions and curating several exhibitions and events.

"They were the logical choice for the Beerwah rail pedestrian underpass and should be commended for consulting with the community for the final artworks."