How our toilet murals paint a picture of strong community
AS WARWICK'S toilet beautification project ends, artist Louise Tait hopes the murals will bring sunshine and community back to town.
The artworks, which were a passion project of the Warwick Art Gallery and council, were completed last week, and Mrs Tait's sunflower mural now shines bright in Allora's Darymple Creek Park.
"It's about connecting through art, whether you like what an artist is painting or not,” she said.
"The great thing about art is that it gets people talking.”
While all artworks celebrated the culture of the region, Mrs Tait's artwork in particular was aimed at creating dialogue.
"There's a lot of negativity towards sunflowers in the region and I wanted to put a positive spin on them and encourage tourists into the community, rather than sending them trespassing through farmers' land,” the artist said.
"The symbolism of a sunflower is that it rises its head everyday and faces the sun.
"I wanted to remind people about that, that even with hardships, you can always think positive.”
As a muralist, Mrs Tait said she was used to gawking side walkers, but was still astonished by how many she had met during her time on the project.
"I was blown away by the amount of people who use that toilet,” she laughed.
"The artists I've chatted to have all been amazed by how many travellers use the amenities in our communities.
"People are really truly interested in having a chat and seeing an artist at work.
"Nowadays we're so disconnected and on our devices more and more.
"We need to get back to basics of having a good yarn.”