New urban art transforms northern train line
Brisbane’s northern train line is in for a splash of colour this month, with the installation of new large-scale artworks by leading Australia street artists at Eagle Junction and Bowen Hills stations.
At Eagle Junction, Brisbane artist Rick Hayward has transformed a 214 square metre wall adjacent to the rail corridor into a nod to old school Australia.
Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard said the artworks have been commissioned through Queensland Rail’s Positive pARTnerships program.
“Positive pARTnerships is transforming what would otherwise be plain surfaces on our rail network into interesting and inviting works of art for northside commuters to enjoy on their daily trip,” Ms Linard said.
“In a bright and bold font, Rick has spelled out the phrase ‘Home Among the Gum Trees’ and decorated it with iconic Australian flora.
“Rick has done an incredible job at incorporating the local environment and heart of the community, and I know many in our community are already recognising and appreciating the references to Australian culture as they travel through Eagle Junction station.”
Member for McConnel Grace Grace said internationally-renowned street artist John Radford Beers has been selected to create a unique mural at Bowen Hills station.
“Queensland Rail had been on the lookout for the right design to fill the Abbottsford Road space at Bowen Hills station for some time. Following the selection process for the Eagle Junction site, QR reached out to John Radford Beers to see if he would consider re-purposing his original proposal to suit the new space,” Ms Grace said.
“Thankfully he agreed and he’s now in the process of transforming Bowen Hills station into a bright space for pedestrians, train commuters and motorists.”
To date, the Positive pARTnerships program has delivered 155 projects across 180 locations stations, covering more than 26,000 square metres of the Queensland Rail network including other high-profile locations, such as the Pillars Project series beneath the Merivale Bridge in South Brisbane and the Airport line mural, seen by almost one million people each year.