The Gold Coast is widely known as a major tourist destination with its sunny subtropical climate, surfing beaches and rainforest hinterland. A rapidly building culture for arts, music and sports has lead our beautiful city to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Over the past couple of years the Gold Coast has seen a huge increase in development to support such a large international event. Late 2017 The Gold Coast City Council Council contacted me to submit artwork that makes a subtle reference to the sporting event while capturing the essence of the city to be displayed in 10 electrical box units across the city to not only beautify the city but minimise graffiti.
My approach was to use the 10 core Commonwealth Games sports as a silhouette on the front and back of each unit as negative space. Then fill in the rest of the space using my unique illustration line work and patterns to reflect a characteristic of the city. These included reef, beach, rainforest, skyline, sunshine, country, ocean and hinterland. It was then overlayed on a bright and eye catching watercolour background to reflect the theme of the artwork.
These artworks can be found between Broadbeach and Southport in public space being seen by thousands of people everyday. Kurrawa Surf Club, Hooker Blvd, Cavill Ave, Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast University Hospital, Nerang St Southport and 4 within the Commonwealth Games Village.