Nambour mural paints a story of a community in motion
  • Saturday 16 November 2013

Walking from Howard Street to Quota Park in Nambour will take pedestrians a little longer as they take time to stop and enjoy a striking new mural commissioned by Sunshine Coast Council.

Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said the Howard Street pedestrian linkage is an important element in the Nambour Central Park Open Space Master plan.

“This master plan provides a framework and planned direction for the revitalisation of the Petrie Creek corridor as a major recreational open space,” Cr Rogerson said.

“Council purchased the block of land located behind Crazy Clark’s along Howard Street and adjacent to Quota Park, with the ambition to redevelop this area in future years to become another highly-used green space for the Nambour community to enjoy.

“As a lead up to the revitalisation of this space, council is improving access to the area by redeveloping the pedestrian link located in between 101 and 107 Howard Street which includes improved pedestrian access, new plants and trees, pavement treatments, seats, bollards and public art.

“If you look at the before and after photos of the Howard Street pedestrian walkway you will be truly amazed. Previously this area was an eye-sore which had been vandalised by graffiti and today it is a beautiful artwork which we can be proud of. It tells the story of Nambour’s important heritage and culture.

“The artwork provides a sense of place which strongly reflects and celebrates Nambour, Petrie Creek and the local community.

"This project also ties in perfectly with my, and Nambour Alliance's aspirations for Nambour to take on a whole new look, feel and economic viability, based on the arts, culture, music and the future hospitality and entertainment business ventures, afforded by this direction.

"Add in the world's only two foot gauge electric, heritage tram, mooted to run along a one kilometre stretch of Howard Street and you have to feel exceedingly excited about Nambour's future."

Local, nationally acclaimed artists Adam Lewczuk and David Houghton assisted by Ryan Sullivan were given the honour of creating the public artwork which reflects the notion of Nambour as ‘a community in motion’.

Adam Lewczuk said the large 400 square metre mural took 16 days over a five week period to complete.

“The artwork uses imagery that represents the layering of time with the depiction of time-lapse movement of photo-realistic portraiture and street life activity,” he said.

“The directional repetition of the work has been achieved through the use of optical illusionary patterns to depict the essence of moving forward in a positive direction, while taking into consideration the Nambour’s European past and respecting its non-European heritage.”

David Houghton said their approach was to utilise the traditional mural and street art techniques, including brushwork and stencils, as well as using high quality fade resistant aerosol paint to deliver a large scale art work.

“We have used the subjects of Petrie Creek, indigenous flora and fauna, combined with the Nambour’s industrial history, for example, the sugar mill, cane farming and cane tramways,” he said.

“We have also incorporated the region’s Indigenous heritage, by representing the red-flowering bottle brush or “naamba” from which the town’s name is derived and depictions of the regions first people.”