Turns out Gold Coasters are an artistic bunch. If the spate of murals popping up all over the city is anything to go by (which it is for the purposes of this article).
If there was a list of things we definitely cannot do, painting something bigger than we are would certainly be right up there. Here’s a thing we can do though; write a list of local murals you should go and marvel at asap.
And voila, here it is (listed from north to south).
As part of an installation for the Commonwealth Games, Creative Road commissioned your boy Kiel Tillman (and others) to create some street art on bare spots across the Coast with exceptional results. This piece is a giant bird painted on the side of a little building in the middle of a park so you probably won’t miss it. It’s all corals and blacks and blues and we’re quite the fans thank you very much!
Where: Pendraat Pde, Hope Island
Abbott Park, Parkwood
Local artist Fiona Hutchinson-Mackenzie was commissioned by the Gold Coast City Council to create a community art mural in Abbott Park. Mostly to deter vandalism which surely shouldn’t still be a thing in 2018. ANYWAY. The beautiful, brightly coloured piece depicts the Surfers Paradise skyline and a little bit of basketball action to boot. It’ll really brighten up your day.
Where: Abbott Park, Parkwood
Ichiban Lane, Southport
You may have ventured past this somewhat magical alley in the Southport CBD and wondered how on earth it’s actually possible to paint something so good. Same. Well get this, the work was completed in one day and completely improvised. CRAZY. The artists behind the alley art are world-renowned Brisbane artist SOFLES and Lachlan Hansen, an artist at 40/40 Creative on the Coast. Go treat your eyeballs to their reflection of modern pop culture.
Where: Off Scarborough St, Southport
The Avenue, Surfers Paradise
The team at 40/40 are also responsible for this epic creation – the transformation of a wall bordering The Avenue on Orchid Ave in Surfers. The rich, eclectic mural was created by Sydney-based artist Alex Lehours. It’s all reds and blacks and a mixture of cartoon-style arts and dark faces all melded together to create an absolutely mind blowing piece that cannot truly be described in words but definitely must be seen.
Where: Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise
Ohh these ones are delightful, all leafy and nature-filled, and you can find them at HOTA on two of the random sheds you would never have noticed before. Created by Melbourne-based artist Mike Makatron, the pieces were commissioned to literally just brighten up the place and what a very good job they did. There are so many aspects of the artworks that you can gaze at them for days. We’re quite partial to the many little waterfalls.
Where: HOTA, 135 Bundall Rd, Bundall
Mexicali, Nobby Beach
No doubt you’ve spied this pretty piece on your travels down south (or on the way to consume 43 margies at Mexicali). Designed and painted by local legend Luke Day, the colourful creation has quickly become a fave Insta-snap opp for well, pretty much everyone. In hues of pink and blue it’s definitely a favourite and the perfect way to spruce up the little beachside suburb.
Where: The north side of Mexicali (you won’t miss it)
Bine Bar & Dining, Nobby Beach
It’s no surprise that Nobby’s is home to not one but two eye-catching pieces of wall art such is the cultural, good time vibe of the entire suburb. This one, painted on the southern wall of Bine Bar & Dining, simply says ‘Home’ and was the work of local creatives Art Work Agency. It was commissioned by *Bleach Festival in 2015 and was tied into the theme of sharing stories and meeting places. Best.
Where: Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Tugun Fruit Market, Tugun
As mentioned previously, Kiel Tillman is a local legend. He’s created a LOT of cool projects recently but in particular one you may have noticed – the Welcome to the Gold Coast mural newly(ish) painted onto a spare wall in Tugun. It’s about five times as high as you and is very much in keeping with all the cultural good times the Coast is becoming known for.
Where: Tugun Fruit Market, Gold Coast Hwy
Southern Cross University, Bilinga
This one is quite the artistic feat involving 50 litres of paint over a month to create an incredible 10 storey high artwork. Created by Guido van Helten, a Brisbane-raised artist who was clearly gifted quite the talent, the piece depicts a man and a woman looking back toward the campus and it is absolutely beyond us how one could paint something so realistic while not actually being able to see the bigger picture (literally). What is life.
Where: Gold Coast Airport, Terminal Dr, Bilinga
Words by Kirra Smith.