World-renowned Australian artist Guido van Helten will transform a 10-storey building overlooking North Kirra Beach at Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus this month.
Starting on Tuesday 6 March and taking around two weeks to complete, the University welcomes the community to observe Guido as he transforms the 43-metre-high blank canvas ̶ spanning across two walls.
Guido, a Southern Cross University alumnus, has created more than 50 large-scale photorealistic murals across the globe from Italy to Ukraine. In Australia he has transformed regional communities by depicting local people on disused industrial silos in the remote Victorian town of Brim and on train carriages departing from Manildra station in Central West NSW.
Guido said he was excited to create his latest mural during his first visit to the University’s Gold Coast campus on the landmark 10-storey building next to the Gold Coast Airport.
“What is most interesting about this project is reflecting people’s connection with their built environment, which in my previous work has often been on industrial sites, but in this case it’s a social and very interactive modern space where people come to learn and grow,” Guido said.
“It will be something that is very different to what I’ve done before, which I’m excited about.”
Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker said the mural project would be a wonderful new venture which celebrates the Gold Coast’s interest in transformation and public culture.
“I am excited for the Gold Coast campus to be seen and reflected as the place it truly is, showcasing its distinctive space and culture,” he said.
“To have our world-famous alumnus return for such an inspiring project will benefit us and the whole community and I predict it will rapidly become an icon of the Southern Gold Coast.
“This place-making will create a vibrant sense of space and will be visible from the Gold Coast’s scenic coastline.”
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