Queen Street in Nambour turns 60 and Mieke  Salna designed and coordinated a commemorative mural in the street.
Queen Street in Nambour turns 60 and Mieke Salna designed and coordinated a commemorative mural in the street. John McCutcheon

'Banksy' mural creates buzz in Nambour

QUEEN St in Nambour has always been a hive of activity, but now business-owners are revelling in a piece of art plastered across a fence that's turned an eyesore into a work of art.

A queen bee with her swarm of followers floats along a fence-line and residents were delighted at its unveiling yesterday.

Wallea Eaglehawk, curator of the Drawn Together program, said the latest mural to brighten up the backstreets of Nambour was through a workshop hosted at the PCYC with Students With a Goal (SWAG).

She said the program, supported by Sunshine Coast Council and the Old Ambulance Station, was a creative response to vandalism and had contributed to creating vibrant urban art in Nambour.

The 12 young people took part in the program through workshops facilitated by artist Mieke Salna, and each painted panels for the permanent installation.

The mural designed by local artist Mieke Salna stretches out along a fence on Queen St, Nambour.
The mural designed by local artist Mieke Salna stretches out along a fence on Queen St, Nambour. Contributed

Ms Salna said the idea behind the mural followed in the footsteps of the cult artist, Banksy.

She said Queen St, which turns 60 this year, was first named after what locals believe to be part of Olympic celebrations in 1956.

"There's a story that says the Queen actually came to the street but everyone says it's an urban legend,” she said with a laugh.

"In the mural we used Olympic colours and the Queen bee is represented by a famous Banksy girl leading her swarm to safety.

"It's all about the kids and creating a bright future.”

Queen St already has hexagonal street tiles representing honeycomb and honey spoon stools dotted along the paths.

"It's really cool when you see it all come together,” Ms Salna said.

Ms Salna said it took the young artists about 40 hours to finish with her stencils.

Their names are all painted on individual bees.

Madleine Rose Boutique manager Nerroille Wilson said in the five years she had been at the shop this was a breath of fresh air.

"It's beautiful to look out and see colour,” she said.

"It used to be awful and so plain and dreary.

"It's not just the visual it's the feeling of brightness in Nambour.”

Ms Wilson said all business-owners on Queen St were like family and the latest piece of art contributed to proving it wasn't a "forgotten back lane”.

"Maybe the bees are the beginning of something.”


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