Water tower becomes a work of art

IT'S finished.

After 20 days of 12-hour slogs and 400 litres of paint, three artists have transformed the concrete water tower on Point Cartwright into a breathtaking work of art.

And the reaction from the community to the mural of turtles and whales playing beneath the surface of the ocean has been overwhelmingly positive.

Designer and artist, Brisbane 26-year-old Joel Fergie, said he and his co-workers Travis Vinson and Jordan Bruce, of Jugglers Art Space, had finished the artwork before Easter.

"We went as hard as we could to get it done in the timeframe and thankfully it went to plan," Mr Fergie said.

"In the three weeks we were here, there has been non-stop positive feedback from people thanking us for what we were doing.

"This has been the highlight for me. It doesn't happen very often."

NEW OUTLOOK: Miffee McIvor (left) and Meghan De Beyer enjoy the view from beneath the newly decorated water tower at Point Cartwright.
NEW OUTLOOK: Miffee McIvor (left) and Meghan De Beyer enjoy the view from beneath the newly decorated water tower at Point Cartwright. Che Chapman

Painting a 17-metre concrete tower, sitting on top of the headland and surrounded by trees and uneven surfaces had its challenges.

It was made even trickier by the fact Mr Fergie has a fear of heights.

But for him, it was "like a dream every day".

"We were on those lifts nearly 20 metres up. Some days were windy and others were perfectly calm," Mr Fergie said.

"By the end of it, the place had a really special feeling. I have a deep connection with the space."

On the final day of painting, the artists "cracked a bottle of champagne" and painted their signatures at the bottom of their work.

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Now their handiwork, commissioned by Unitywater and the Sunshine Coast Council, stands proudly for the thousands of people from Buderim to Kawana who can see it, as well as cruise ship visitors out at sea.

Before they could jump on their knuckleboom cranes to begin their work, the artists spent time working the design and creating a "grid system" to ensure everything was perfectly in place.

"It is kind of like putting a jigsaw puzzle together," Mr Fergie said.

Bette Coburn, whose Point Cartwright apartment overlooks the water tower, said she had been fascinated to watch the transformation.

"It is fantastic. It depicts a lot of features of the Sunshine Coast," she said.

Her only wish now is for the artwork to be lit at night.


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