My public art reflection Tina Goodwin

For my public art walk I decided to take a slightly different approach by driving around a chosen suburb on the hunt for public exhibitions of artwork. I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of displays I found while searching around the area of Redcliffe.

I came across a mural of indigenous art situated on a long fence, the artwork provided a cultural atmosphere and brightened up what I would consider a slightly dull rural area. Further up the road, located at the Fire Station, I found this sculpture that I found very interesting, creative and keeping with the theme of what the purpose of the place is for. They used the pipes to create a visually appealing and unique display in contrast to the grey structure behind it.

As I kept driving I stopped at the waterfront of Redcliffe and found a variety of unusual art pieces that also served as purposeful tools to the public. These included a bright orange windmill, effectively positioned for optimal use of the beach breeze, and a telescope that brings a very ‘old school’ feel to the environment.

Lastly, as I drove passed the main streets, I found interesting architecture on the tops of shopping centres and beautiful painted images to cover electrical boxes and somewhat boring industrial structures.

When taking the time out to look around our environment, art can become a powerful tool to not only beautify our surrounds but generate creativity, self-expression, and promote and celebrate cultural diversity.

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