Water Walls - urban artwork on Water & Waste assets

  • Project typeArts & culture
  • Project scheduleOngoing
Water Wall Sophia Mary Mac Southport

In 2016, the City's Water and Waste directorate established the urban art project Water Walls. The aim was to improve the appeal of key assets, reduce vandalism caused by graffiti and showcase local art.

Over the years, urban artists have transformed utilitarian infrastructure into original art pieces. Their designs reflect the unique character of the Gold Coast and its people. Using a range of mediums the art reflects the area around it, each telling a different story.

We're confident these will continue to reduce costs associated with graffiti and enhance the City's appeal.

The following video captures the major works undertaken in 2019 as part of Water Walls.

Phase one

The first selection of assets were delivered in 2017 and included:

  • a mural at sewer pump station building A5, located on the corner of Via Roma and Remembrance Drive, Surfers Paradise
  • laminated artwork wraps installed on 19 sewer pump station cabinets across the city.

Phase two

In 2018 the second selection of assets included:

Pump Station/Asset ID. Location/Street Suburb Division
PS D40 Musgrave Avenue Labrador 4
PS A1 Brighton Parade Southport 6
PS A2 Opposite 92 Marine Parade Southport 6
PS OX20 10 Pendraat Parade Hope Island 3
PS D31 308–310 Brisbane Road Labrador 4
PS C1 Guineas Creek Road, cnr K P Mcgrath Drive Elanora 13
PS A39 Waterways Drive / Proud Park Main Beach 7
Recycled Water Tower Seaworld Drive, The Spit Main Beach 7
Water Reservoir OX 7 Pacific Pines Boulevard Pacific Pines 5

The following video captures the major works undertaken in 2017 as part of Water Walls.

Phase three

The following sewer pump stations are the next Water and Waste assets to undergo the Water Walls transformation:

  • PS D6 - Falkinder Avenue, Paradise Point, Division 3
  • PS D14 - Morala Avenue, Runaway Bay, Division 4
  • PS A78 - Corner Stanhill Drive and Mawarra Street, Surfers Paradise, Division 7
  • PS B19 - Duringan Street, Currumbin, Division 14.

The City has created guidelines that support and promote urban artists to create contemporary art that has community benefits, including graffiti prevention, community building, place-making and urban regeneration. We want to support vibrant spaces for people to move through, gather in and celebrate their city.