Wellington Point park street art incorporates community library

STREET art in Redlands parks and public areas is getting the thumbs up from locals. The latest artwork in a Wellington Point park incorporates a mini library stocked with books.

LIBRARY: Alexandra Hills resident Edna Searle had the idea for a community library which has been incorporated into street art at a Wellington Point park.

LIBRARY: Alexandra Hills resident Edna Searle had the idea for a community library which has been incorporated into street art at a Wellington Point park.

Council selected Montgomery Park for a facelift after first trialling the new approach to curbing graffiti at William Stewart Park, Thornlands.

A total of 249 people voted in a poll run by the Redland City Bulletin. Of those 96 per cent said they would like to see street art, while nine people were against the move.

Mayor Karen Williams said the two parks constantly needed to be cleaned of unsightly graffiti and tagging.

It was hoped artwork by Redland Bay’s Ben Strand would deter tagging.

“There is a hierarchy within the graffiti sub-culture where respect is given to artwork created by other graffiti artists,” Cr Williams said.

If successful, the plan will be rolled out for similar projects in the greater Redlands area.”

STREET ART: Cr Tracey Huges with artist Ben Strand in front of the Montgomery Park artwork.

STREET ART: Cr Tracey Huges with artist Ben Strand in front of the Montgomery Park artwork.

Cr Tracey Huges said the Wellington Point park artwork included a community library made by members of the Alexandra Hills Men’s Shed.

“Ben and I collaborated on the vision (of the artwork) of a mystical fairy theme and an enchanted garden,” Cr Huges said.

BEFORE: The blank wall of the building in the Montgomery Park before it was painted.

BEFORE: The blank wall of the building in the Montgomery Park before it was painted.

“His masterpiece even included a beautiful fairy, at the request of a small girl watching Ben paint.”

Cr Huges said she had been approached by Alexandra Hills resident Edna Searle who had a vision for a community library.

“I shared Edna’s vision with the Alexandra Hills Men’s Shed who supported the project whole-heartedly.”

Cr Huges said she provided a Councillors’ Small Grant of $2800 to the Men’s Shed for machinery and equipment to build the metal library.

“I am overwhelmed with the encouraging feedback and engagement of our community, knowing that this fantastic collaboration will enhance enjoyment of the park by local residents, for many years to come.”

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