Artist joins Mayor in tackling graffiti

26 May 2016

Mayor Tom Tate has continued his ‘anti-graffiti crusade’ engaging a Gold Coast artist to decorate Council construction trailers to deter vandals.

“This is art and infrastructure uniting and it allows artists to use our trailers as a canvas to create a vibrant construction site,’’ he said.

Using art to tackle graffiti on construction vans, City of Gold Coast commissioned artist Charleen Morris to create a vibrant artwork on a van, with the aim of reducing future incidents of graffiti.

“This is not your usual canvas. The site vans are often relocated on various construction sites, creating movable art.  Combining our infrastructure with art, apart from saving time and money, creates the opportunity for local artists to increase their profile by having their artwork displayed at construction sites across the city,” he said.

The initiative aligns with the City’s Culture Strategy, providing a fresh approach to urban art.

“We want to create vibrant, contemporary, world-class and distinctly Gold Coast spaces – including our construction sites,” Cr Tate said. 

Ms Morris said the natural features of the Gold Coast inspired her design.

“The patterns and symbols evoke our cityscape, the hinterland, Indigenous culture, the volcanic rocks of Burleigh Heads, estuaries, mangroves and the sea,” Ms Morris said.

“I loved working on this project and with the wonderful supportive staff.”

The City has adopted #creativegold to signify artworks, programs or initiatives created by local artists with support from the City of Gold Coast.  

One more van will be commissioned within the next two months as part of this trial. Artists are commissioned for their work.  

If you’re interested in future opportunities or want to add your details to the urban artist register email or sign up to the Urban Art mailing list on 

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