Toilet Beautification Project
March - July 2019
Seven amenities blocks in the northern part of the Southern Downs have been transformed by artwork. The project was coordinated by Warwick Art Gallery with support from Southern Downs Regional Council with the aim to invigorate the spaces, attract visitors and generate community pride.
After many years of drought, events and tourism has kept the economy ticking and maintained community involvement despite the hardship. The Arts is an integral part of the tourism culture as it celebrates community identity and highlights what makes a town or village unique.
Even the most practical and functional facilities can be transformed by art. Read on for information about the participating artists and artworks:
Artist: Karri McPherson
Artwork: "Serendipity" and "Serendipity 2"
Location: Mile End Park amenities block, Warwick
"Serendipity celebrates the diversity of colour in Warwick, from the lush greens of the gumtrees to the golden yellows of the sunflowers. Despite its abstract nature, the use of native colours will provide the locals with a sense of familiarity when they experience this work.”
Artist: Nikki Wood
Artwork: "Tall Trees of Killarney"
Location: Browns Falls Park amenities block, Killarney
"This artwork will depict a realistic image of the drive to Carr’s Lookout, beyond Queen Mary Falls. My personal practice regularly features images of this drive and my strong love of our local area. The Warwick district has so much to offer, so this is a perfect opportunity to showcase this to a wider visiting and local audience."
Artist: Emily Devers
Artwork: "The Conservatory"
Location: Australiana Park, Warwick
"After many years of hardship experienced through drought, I believe Warwick deserves a lush,vibrant artwork as a joyous celebration of it’s locality. This artwork transforms the entire building into an abundant greenhouse garden, with native Queensland sub-tropical ferns and flowers spilling out from within."
Artist: Louise Tait
Artwork: "Into the Sun"
Location: Dalrymple Park amenities block, Allora
"Sunflowers are unique in their ability to provide energy in the form of nourishment and vibrancy, an attribute which mirrors the sun and the energy provided by its heat and light. Symbolizing warmth, hope and happiness."
Artist: Elysha Rei
Artwork: "Window of Worship"
Location: Grafton Street, Warwick
"This patterned work is inspired by the many churches Warwick is known for. The design features elements from the rose windows of several places of worship, abstracting them to create a contemporary design that connects Warwick’s rich architectural and community history with today’s visitors."
Artist: Sue Keong
Artwork: "Sprint, Spirit and Starry Skies"
Location: Liberator Park, Leyburn
"The two walls enabled a mural that reflected the many facets of Leyburn. Named Liberator Park I felt it was important to include the Liberator Bomber but that was only a small part of Leyburn’s history and current lifestyle. The dark night skies are the destination for star gazing enthusiasts throughout the year. August sees the Historic Leyburn Sprints roar to life with visitors from across Australia. The rare Bulloak jewel butterfly found in district is also featured. I have depicted one wall with night sky and Liberator in a painterly style. The second wall although not depicted as such in attached painting will have a clearer design quality touching on the past and present life of the town & district."
Artist: Kerry Nicholson and Malcolm Nicholson
Artwork: "The Missing Piece"
Location: Victoria Park amenities block, Warwick
"What does this mural mean to you? I know what this mural means to me. This means to me that my three year old son was able to get too close to the fish pond unsupervised in the back yard. This is a discovery that I did not want to make but I am glad that I did."