Vinyl artworks brighten up footpaths

Published 4:00pm 16 May 2023

Vinyl artworks brighten up footpaths
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

A number of public vinyl artworks have popped up on local footpaths across Moreton Bay to bring some joy and colour to the region.

Moreton Bay Regional Council commissioned nine local artists to create the vinyl artworks for nine different sections of concrete footpath along the foreshores from Bongaree to Woody Point.

Each artwork spans 25 metres and incorporates themes of natural environments along the Moreton Bay foreshore, built environments in proximity to the foreshore, and experiences of the bay.

The artwork will be on display from now until June 2023.

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Here is what the artist had to say about their masterpieces:

Vinyl artworks brighten up footpaths

Lauren Rogers – Ocean Abundance

“Moreton Bay Marine Park, an abundant body of water that crosses the lands and waterways of the Quandamooka and Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi people, is home to thousands of different fish species, six of the world’s seven sea turtle species, three species of dolphin, whales, jellyfish, stingrays and the gentle and shy dugong.

“Moreton Bay hosts beautiful ocean ecosystems of reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, saltmarshes, rocky reefs, sheltered inlets and islands. The energetic colourful sea creatures on the footpath encourage pedestrians to appreciate the ocean’s abundance.

“Shell middens winding the coastline, fishing pads on the mudflats, and remnants of sacred ceremonial spots are all reminders of the First Nations custodians and their ongoing care for land, seas, winds and waters. Together, we must do our part to protect and conserve our waterways for many generations to come.”

Location of artwork: Bancroft Park (opposite Deception Bay Library), Captain Cook Parade, Deception Bay.

Vinyl artworks brighten up footpaths

Rachel South – Saltation

A dance of ocean forms, light and texture. When I take a moment and connect to the landscape, I see the direction of light, the hard and soft forms that appear. I hear the gentle background sounds of the water lapping the shore. All of this draws me to the ocean.

“History reminds us that this area was, and still is, a destination for peace, serenity, relaxation and moments for reflection. This artwork uses colour, shape and texture to evoke the summery, hazy stillness as we flock to catch the sunset. Colour in ‘the magic hour’.

“Saltation is my expression of this part of Bribie Island, a dreamy dance with the foreshore.”

Location of artwork: Bongaree Jetty, First Avenue and Toorbul Lane, Bongaree.

Vinyl artworks brighten up footpaths

Shan Michaels – Held by Threads

“My wife and I became mothers in Moreton Bay. The foreshore of Woody Point was our first home, the sands of Scott’s Point is where we spent many Sundays.

“We used to call Scott’s Point our “magic beach”. Little hands on big rocks, princess costumes on the jetty. Moments making threads in our own family story.

“We are wrapped in threads from birth. Towels, and picnic rugs synonymous with the beach. It is the invisible threads that occupy me; the threads between all the versions of myself, threads between time, friends, family.

“As a textile artist I am moved by the connection between stitches and cloth and how they form part of a larger piece. I think of community in the same way – moments, people, families all mingling together as parts of a greater, diverse story.”

Location of artwork: Scotts Point, Margate Parade, Margate.

Vinyl artworks brighten up footpaths

Kylie Harries – Moved with the shade

“This mural was inspired by a family Christmas gathering under a beautiful cottonwood tree at Woody Point. The spot was secured early in the morning with strategically placed coolers and tables. We moved with the shade throughout the day, laughing and reminiscing. The passing of the sun across the sky, and the shade cast by the leaves moving across the sand directed our movements.

“To make this artwork, I mono-printed fallen leaves from this cottonwood tree and upscaled them so they dominated the footpath. The colours and patterns of the giant leaves will change throughout the day depending on the light and the shadows cast by the surrounding pine trees. I offer this artwork as an invitation to notice and appreciate the special trees that shade and protect us.”

Location of artwork: Crockatt Park, 229 Hornibrook Esplanade, Woody Point.

Vinyl artworks brighten up footpaths

Yuriyal Eric Bridgeman – The Pod

“The dolphin is a recognisable symbol of the Redcliffe peninsula, often seen in the bay, and is also the mascot for the local rugby league club who will play their first season in the NRL in 2023. I am interested in the connection between sport, culture and pattern.

“My artwork The Pod is based on a previous painted work which combines the features of the football, the dolphin, and the colours of the Redcliffe Dolphins guernsey. The blue pod connects the location of the lagoon and the bay. The oval form is a nod to the shape of a football, the central object of connection and forward sequence for a team. The arrangement of the pod creates an energetic pattern, moving forward like a team in a unified progression.”

Location of artwork: Settlement Cove Lagoon, Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe.

Vinyl artworks brighten up footpaths

Bruce Peebles – Sun Glitter

“Walking around the point at the Scarborough Marina, I was mesmerised by the soft surge and sounds of the bay. The sun’s reflection created dancing dots of sun glitter on the sea’s dynamic surface. This constantly moving vast body of water and its glittering surface brought me into a reflective, relaxed and deeply appreciative space.

Inspired by the passage of light from dawn to sunset, I hope these dancing dots encourage you to feel the freedom of the bay, transparent, soft and strong. The bay breathes, its surface rising and falling with rhythmic ease as the sun pulses and glitters on the surface.”

Location of artwork: Scarborough Park (off Reef Point Esplanade), 2A Newport Drive, Newport.

Vinyl artworks brighten up footpaths

Annalisa Aum - Peaceful travels

A mandala appears complex, but it is simply made one piece at a time. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Many walk and wheel along the Deception Bay foreshore path; seeking to escape and longing to connect with something other than lifeless manmade greyscapes.

“This mandala is an offering, encouraging travellers to open their eyes and look within. To take a deep breath and be present with and observe the surroundings. To reconnect with the heart. A visualisation of ancient wisdom’s guidance; a manifestation of colour and pattern to bring about joy. And with joy comes peace. Wishing you all peaceful travels.

Location of artwork: Esplanade (near the boat ramp), Deception Bay.

Vinyl artworks brighten up footpaths

Blair Garland – Want a cuppa?

“As a long-time Scarborough local, I’ve been walking the foreshores on the peninsula for years. During the Covid-19 lockdowns I began to photograph retro homes that appealed to me for their quirkiness, quaintness and nostalgic stirrings. Mostly, I was intrigued by who lived within the walls of these homes. I wanted to knock on the front door, meet the residents, sit, chat and have a cuppa.

“By bringing architectural features from iconic local beach cottages to this foreshore footpath, I hope people can tap into neighbourhood connection, and a sense of warmth and slowness that comes with seaside living. The colour palette comes from the Johnson of Australia brand of crockery, which is from the same era as the fibro beach cottages built in the 50s and 60s.”

Location of artwork: Scarborough Beach Park, Landsborough Avenue, Scarborough.

Vinyl artworks brighten up footpaths

Felicia Lloyd – You are here

“The words You are here are written at scale in Morse code and show location physically and psychologically like a marker on a map.

“The phrase responds to the ways in which the audience uses the northern Bongaree foreshore pathways: walking the footpaths for exercise, relaxation and quiet time, social gatherings, wellness and connecting with nature.

“Morse code acknowledges the impact WWII had on the development of Bribie Island during that time. Through the use of colour, pattern and an underlying message, Morse code generates a sense of intrigue, while also inviting playful and curious public interaction.

“Drawing on personal experiences of being soothed by the bay and surrounds, the artwork aims to create a pause for those who use the footpath. To consider and meditate upon the phrase You are here, a reminder that you are exactly where you need to be.”

Location of artwork: Welsby Parade (northern end), Bongaree.

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