Point Cartwright water tower to take on underwater theme
THE Sunshine Coast will soon have a new spot to check out an underwater scene.
By the end of March the Unitywater reservoir at Point Cartwright will feature Joel Fergie's piece Subsurface, which features a whale, a turtle and fish all swimming beneath the sea.
The decision comes after Subsurface received more than half of the public's vote, edging out four other designs to take pride of place on the reservoir.
Mr Fergie, a 26-year-old professional street artist also known as The Zookeeper, said painting the huge structure would be a career highlight.
"This is the ultimate canvas and it all feels like a dream, really," he said.
Mr Fergie said he based his design on a combination of residents' responses and was glad he fulfilled their requests.
"I was guided by local residents' feedback and used their ideas for inspiration," he said.
"The resulting artwork includes references to iconic marine life, the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly and yachts of Mooloolaba."
Mr Fergie said he hoped to continue to impress more residents and tourists with his design after it was finished.
"I really want it to be a beautiful piece," he said.
"I hope there's little hidden surprises in there for people. I want it to blow people away and make them stop and appreciate their beautiful surroundings."
Sunshine Coast Council CEO Michael Whittaker had no doubt Mr Fergie's artwork would achieve this.
"What is already a well-known but quite bland landmark will be transformed into a very special piece of art," Mr Whittaker said.
"The winning entry, with its focus on the ocean and our aquatic wildlife, clearly resonates with the public and I'm sure it will be photographed over and over by our visitors and Coast residents."
Unitywater community relations specialist Kate Cash praised the community for their input on the project and believed the project would be enjoyed from multiple vantage points including land, air and sea.
The canvas, which measures 17 metres in height and 20.5 metres in diameter, would be Mr Fergie's biggest job yet, but he had experience painting similar murals, including one that was 100 metres long.