Coolum partnership delivers improvements for the town
  • Wednesday 07 July 2010

Council, in partnership with the Coolum Surf Lifesaving Club, launched stage one of the Coolum streetscape upgrade today by showcasing the winning public art submission for the town.

Division 9 councillor Vivien Griffin said that council will start to deliver stage one of the Coolum upgrade from 12 July in the area connecting the surf club and the boardwalk.

“Construction of the landscape work and art elements is scheduled for July to September and includes a rock wall and seating area, timber seating to match the boardwalk, improved footpath access, tree planting, art installation and lighting,” Cr Griffin said.

“This particular site provides extraordinary views to the ocean, and it is important to make it user friendly for families using the showers, or just those wishing to contemplate nature’s beauty.

“A key element of the upgrade was also to include public art that was responsive to this site.

“We called on artists to present public artwork concepts for Coolum Beach that reflected the nostalgic, small scale village character so important to the people of Coolum.

“Today, council and the Coolum SLSC announced Lucas Salton as the winning artist.

"Lucas was praised for his subtlety and focus on preserving the vista to the ocean.

“We had a very difficult choice as judges; the quality of the art concepts was outstanding, but it was the subtle attention to detail and the obvious attachment to Coolum that made Lucas’ entry stand out.

“The first is a historical reference piece, positioned next to the Coolum SLSC, and includes pictures of Coolum’s past set in glass panels against a rock stone wall.

Images include old Coolum buildings, an advert in the Brisbane times advertising to holiday makers to come to Coolum to camp for Christmas, the cane train that used to come into the town and the historic SLSC buildings.

“The second piece will be located in front of the beach shower and is based around the artist’s concept of raising awareness of the fragile environment of the loggerhead turtle and marine life.

“A series of fish eye elements and brass turtles will clamber over rocks, providing an interactive opportunity for kids to discover and play.”