Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

CQU Campus Becomes a Canvas; Bill Enlisted to Work His Magic

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

CQU Campus Becomes a Canvas; Bill Enlisted to Work His Magic

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KERRI-ANNE MESNER

kerri-anne.mesner@capnews.com.au

CQUNIVERSITY'S North Rockhampton campus has turned into a canvas with a vision people will walk through an Australian-themed outdoor art gallery in the future.

Artist Bill Gannon has started transforming the outside walls of buildings into startling, intriguing and delightful colourful murals.

The Yeppoon-based artist was approached by CQUni's vice-chancellor Scott Bowman in July about a project that will see the campus turn into an outdoor art gallery, including sculptures.

Gannon walked The Bulletin through the vision for the project last week.

It includes scenes depicting Australian bush, native animals, indigenous artworks and involves art students from CQU studying under Patrick Connor.

Gannon said the architecture of the buildings at the university was mixed and the mural project would, hopefully, link the spaces.

"I call it animating the space," he said.

As you walk from the vice-chancellor's office now, you can see the work under way on the creative arts building.

The wall is being transformed into a piano keyboard and art pencils which kick starts the theme of artists at work at the education facility.

From there, Gannon's vision is of an Australian landscape theme being painted on the walls opposite the Greig Turner Building with the courtyard featuring columns and walls painted with different Australian flora and fauna, along with actual plants growing up an existing large lattice-like structure.

Gannon said the indigenous artists involved with the project were looking at doing some sculptures and carvings of native animals, such as dingoes, to place in the courtyard.

Moving along towards the path, Gannon says the vision includes sculptures all around the library.

From there, turn back up towards the shops and you see a very large emu painted on the side of the wall. …

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