Humble traffic cone – there’s no such thing
  • Thursday 10 December 2020
Constructing Landscape: Urban Vision exhibition

Rolling hills, dewy backdrops and twinkling seas we’re familiar with as artworks, but traffic cones?

An edgy new exhibition Constructing Landscape: urban visions opens at the Caloundra Regional Gallery 11 December, celebrating those artists who put the ‘extra’ into extraordinary.

This exhibition brings together muralists and street artists, as well as those artists who respond to urban sprawl and the loss of natural environments. 

Caloundra Regional Gallery manager and curator Jo Duke, threw down the gauntlet to Queensland-based artists to re-imagine and re-purpose the humble traffic cone into artistic statements.

“That challenge was been well and truly taken up, culminating in some truly unique artistic statements reflecting each artist’s individual experiences and perceptions about urban sprawl in Australia,” Ms Duke said.

“Exploring the urban landscape theme further, we decided to cast our net really wide, calling out to street artists, muralists and contemporary artists from across the country. 

“I have always loved the joyful discovery of an artwork out of context – not in a gallery but on a shopfront, down an alley, high up on the roofline or a small treasure hidden behind a pipe - creating an unexpected visual conversation for passers-by. 

“This exhibition celebrates those artworks, once maligned as graffiti, as well as art inspired by the built environment, into a truly exciting exhibition.”

Constructing Landscape: urban visions is open from 11 December to 7 February. Admission is free, and with interactive experiences and activities always on offer for kids, it’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

Cr Rick Baberowski said in recent years, the Sunshine Coast had exploded with fabulous works being shown both inside and outside gallery structures with more public artworks happening on public and private structures.

“This exhibition harnesses both local and national talent in an exhibition that is questioning, interesting and explores a new way of looking at the everyday,” Cr Baberowski said.