Woorim Water tower gets beautified through artwork

By Neil Wilson - Sub Editor for the Bribie Islander


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Tags: Art. Artwork. Murals. Bribie Island. Queensland


As the result of a collaboration between Unity Water and Street Art Murals Australia, the water tower at Woorim underwent a very welcome beautification process during March and the artists who performed the task were back on Bribie Island last month, this time to work their magic on the tower at Bongaree. When Scott Nagys and Mike Shankster turned the Woorim tower into a work of art, Scott, as the designer of the art, had the job of applying the design whilst Mike acted as ground support and also kept a close watch on the track mounted machine which was used to take Scott to the required height.

Featured Image(above): The bitumen surface at Bongaree made for an easier job

For the Bongaree tower, the design was a product of Mike’s talent and therefore the roles were reversed with Scott on the ground and Mike applying the art to the lofty construction. The style of art on each of the two towers is quite different and this is due to Scott being a professional mural artist whilst Mike is a graphic artist and spends considerable time on studio work.

When discussing the work on both towers, both Mike and Scott agreed that the level of difficulty was more or less identical but, due to the surrounding area at Bongaree being bitumen, they did not need to have the special track-mounted machine and that had made the overall project a bit less stressful. Neither of the artists was able to tell me if the tower at Bellara was to be decorated and Mike said that they have not as yet been told anything about the third tower.

Artists Scott Nagys (L) and Mike Shankster have decorated the Woorim and Bongaree water towers.

Street Art Murals Australia is a company which acts as a link between artists and those organisations that wish to commission street art/ Reportedly, of the more than three hundred works of street art that the company has arranged, none of them have been subjected to vandalism. Both Mike and Scott have now gone on to other projects and, whilst there does not seem to be any plans for their return, I am sure that many would welcome them back should they be asked to decorate other structures with their form of art.

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