Lots more Noosa Junction walls and laneways are about to be transformed by local and emerging artists as part of the Boring Walls/Lanes with Art program. On Saturday September 15, renown muralist and visual artist, David Houghton, will be working with visual arts students from St Andrews Anglican College (SAAC), to turn a boring wall into a work of art. Fittingly for the local’s favourite precinct, ‘Turkey Lane’ will proudly feature one of Noosa’s much-loved locals, a larger than life Noosa bush turkey, expected to become a sought-after backdrop for selfies and photo shoots.
From Bush Turkeys to Kingfishers, the next work of art is already in the wings and will take flight from Monday 17 September in Arcadia Street. The large, blank canvas is the side wall of the stunning Aspire Property Management building, and looks over the Arcadia square, home to restaurants, bars, retailers, businesses and the Twilight Market. Talented artist, Alison Mooney, will be working with David Houghton on what is set to become a star attraction. The co-designers have blended contemporary geometric shapes with native forest kingfishers, the azure blue of their wings catching the sun as they perch in lofty green trees, almost an extension of the trees below.
The Boring Walls/Lanes with Art program is being co-funded through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a partnership between the Queensland Government and Noosa Council to support regional Queensland arts and culture, Noosa Junction business owners and the NJA.
Noosa Junction Association President, Michael Tozer, said Noosa Junction’s growing fusion of art, music and local village FLAVA has grown beyond expectation over the past 12 months.
“This project is a collaboration between many, including Noosa Council, the J2 team, local businesses and owners. It appealed to the NJA as it provides inspiring, colourful spaces for artists and our community and is a deterrent for graffiti, but also because it connects and encourages young artists in practical ways. By linking experienced artists of Alison and David’s calibre, to upcoming talent, such as the students from St Andrews Anglican College, we’re able to provide mentoring and workshops in the classrooms, but importantly outside those classrooms as well,” Mr Tozer said.
Head of Visual Art at SAAC, Ben Hedstrom, echoed that sentiment, saying the project has provided St Andrew’s Visual Art students with an amazing opportunity to work with professional artists on a real-world project.
“Students had great fun learning about the street art design process with the amazing Alison Mooney as their tutor. Alison worked with the students on all aspect of design thinking, collaboration and the technical aspects of spray painting. Students are immensely excited about the challenge of working on a wall for real this Saturday,” Mr Hedstrom said.
Aspire Property Management CEO, David Langdon, is one of the Junction business owners investing in the Boring Walls/Lanes with Art program. “When we renovated the old Westpac building turning what was an eyesore into our new contemporary, architect designed Aspire building, we wanted it to become a focal point for the Junction and the community. I’m excited to see the Aspire building’s wall become the new Kingfisher mural as a part of that vision. Watch this space for more,” Mr Langdon said.