Gladstone Regional Council is working on a creative project with a local artist Geoffrey Head, drawing interest to significant historical buildings in the Gladstone CBD. Reproducing ten of the artist's linocut prints as alumigraphic footpath decals accompanied by descriptive labels, the works are affixed to the front of their respective buildings as part of the project.
Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum pop-up art project incorporates the talents of an award-winning Gladstone artist. "The concept will bring art into public space in Goondoon Street, promote local history and highlight architecture within the street," Councillor Burnett said.
Council's Environment & Community Services Committee Chair Councillor Cindi Bush said the project proudly celebrated the city's heritage. "The selected prints are from Geoffrey Head's 'Over the Hill' 2010 exhibition which featured a series of linocuts depicting architecture of Gladstone's main street," Cr Bush said.
"There is a great sense of history linked to some of the older buildings on Goondoon Street and the decals will provide residents and visitors with a nostalgic reflection of the city's past."
Reflecting Council's wider effort to revitalise the CBD, the pop-up works were installed June 28 by local printers, NewPrint HRG, in time for school holidays and the P&O Cruise ship arrival. Printed on vinyl specifically designed for walkway purposes, the ephemeral works may last up to 12 months.
The artworks can be found adjacent to the Port Curtis Sailing Club Clubhouse Gladstone Yacht Club, the former RSL building, the Old Gladstone Post Office, Kullaroo House, The Grand Hotel, Patricks Jewellers, the old Commonwealth Bank, the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum and house numbers 4 and 14 on Goondoon Street.
The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum has created a brochure to accompany the 'Over the Hill' Public Art Trail. The aim of the guide is to comprehensively outline locations of the artworks along Goondoon Street and provide historical facts and heritage knowledge. The FREE guide is available now from most Gladstone Regional Council venues, offices and libraries, and can be downloaded below.