Reaching new heights: watch the story behind Guido van Helten's mural masterpiece

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018

Mural artist Guido van Helten has transformed more than 60 powerful images into huge industrial yet intricate artworks, leaving his giant footprint across the globe.

In February, the Brisbane-raised artist returned to his own patch in South East Queensland for a month. Armed with 50 litres of paint, he transformed two walls of Southern Cross University’s 10-storey building at its Gold Coast campus, overlooking a breathtaking view of Kirra Beach from his boomlift.

The lifelike figures of a man and a woman grew into iconic attractions, completed just days before the start of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. With more than two million passengers travelling through the Gold Coast Airport since the artwork began and thousands driving past on the Gold Coast Highway each day, the eye-catching mural has told each viewer a different story, depending on their interpretation.

In May, Guido revisited Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast community to debrief from the creative labour, with local high school students hitting him up with questions about his concept development and sourcing paint for his earthy palate.

The University has released the video detailing how these master hands unveiled this master plan.

You can view the video here.

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