Public art walking tours are a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening exploring Capricorn Coast neighbourhoods.
Larger than life artworks are popping up all over Yeppoon and Emu Park. Located throughout public facilities, buildings, parks, and libraries, the magnificent installations of sea life & cultural reflection, mixed with larger than life murals of local celebrities, joyful faces and quirky fun pieces.
Local artists and designers were invited to demonstrate their capacity to deliver distinctive, surprising and place defining art installations. The local council’s criteria are concepts that consider the cultural, site-specific and local character of the Yeppoon community.
We have also been blessed with striking works from travellers visiting our region eg Emu Park’s cockatoos.
The public art thus far has been met with mixed reviews of what some have considered incredibly mesmerising imagery, with a couple of pedestrian cringe-worthy artworks thrown in. But they are all pretty cool in their own way and well worth a walk around, and you decide for yourself which is what 😉 when you take the tour. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder right?
There is no defined list of final placements published thus far, so I’ve outlined the art drops as best I can from what we’ve stumbled upon for you below. The full list will eventually be created in time and put on a flyer and you’ll find it at the Town Hall office. It’s unlikely that the council will run a public art tour or create an App for collating all the artworks, placements and artist details, nor a virtual tour or Google street view. So if you’re that clever it’s a great opportunity for a local someone to pick those up!
If you’re an artist reading this, EOIs are still being accepted. Artists and designers are invited to demonstrate their capacity to deliver distinctive, surprising and place defining art installations. The local council’s criteria are concepts that consider the cultural, site-specific and local character of the Yeppoon community. However, the dill making the call on who gets allocated funds tells some artist there is no money left in the kitty, then funds those on the deciding panel and their partners and mates. Be prepared to bring to the table a huge amount of smoke to blow up the proverbial if presenting an EOI.
Short of a list, here is what I’ve come across so far. I’ve added extra monuments that have been in town for some time and worth a look.
- Barry Street Retaining Wall – Tentacles
- Yeppoon Town Centre Carpark – Portraits, bin chickens, sea life, pram dog.
- Yeppoon Town Centre Carpark exterior – External steelwork
- James Street Pie Alley Laneway wall – Pie baking cartoon
- Foreshore – Yeppoon’s Spirit Stone, clay plates, Kracken water playground, skate park toilet block, Surf Life Saving Club, Bronze Turtle (you’ll find this beauty on the beach below the main stage)
- Library – Faces
Bell Park skate park toilets – Skaters
Main Street Post-office corner – Cockatoos
Main Beach Toilet Block – Quirky Swimmers
Singing Ship Sculpture
Take a walk, View some Art
Toilet Block – Turtles
Selina Ship Wreck
Make a day of it. These are all pitstops of what’s on the way to your destination. All within half an hour from Yeppoon. Except for 5Rocks. Bit longer. If you’re headed to Emu Park, check out the list.