The eye-catching work of a couple of blokes at Woody Point has captured the attention of locals and lovers of Redcliffe history on social media. And it seems, it’s a resounding thumbs up from both.
Dan Krause from Street Art Concepts and Steve Falco from Procreativ have created a stunning mural which commemorates the HMQS Gayundah – the former gunboat and then gravel barge bought by Redcliffe City Council in 1958. It was beached at Woody Point soon after to again protect our shores as a breakwater.
The much-loved wreck has deteriorated in recent years and Dan says the homeowner wanted a permanent tribute to the vessel, which is an important part of Queensland’s and the peninsula’s history.
The property, not co-incidentally is at the corner of Gayundah Esplanade and Ellen Street.
The pair spent three days on the project, finishing it earlier this week (June 16).
Hundreds of people stopped to look at the mural, while Dan and Steve were working, and Dan says he must have handed out 50 business cards.
Many of the questions they asked were the same, and all the feedback was positive.
“It’s what I do for a living. In this case, it’s somewhere people can see it. I’m just lucky it was in such a public area, everyone gets to see that one,” Dan says.
And he doesn’t mind that photos of the mural flooded social media as it started to take shape.
“There’s so many … I’m really happy with the dolphin. It’s the first one I’ve painted,” he says.
And he reckons Steve nailed the before and after paintings of the HMQS Gayundah.
It’s not the first time Dan and Steve have collaborated on a project on the Redcliffe peninsula.
About seven years ago, they created a mural at the corner of Anzac Ave and Sutton St for Good Vibes coffee shop – also a highly-visible location.
“That got a lot of recognition in its time,” Dan says.
While the ocean-themed HMQS Gayundah mural has attracted plenty of attention, there’s a second mural inside the same wall which is just a worthy of a mention.
It’s of the now-demolished Filmer’s Palace Hotel, where the Bee Gees played as boys.
“We did (the owner’s) dad’s car parked in front of it, an A-frame saying Bee Gees playing and a Coke bottle on the ground,” Dan explains.
Anyone who knows the story, of the Bee Gees playing for bottles of Coke, will understand the reference.
Photo Credit - Chris Hammer Photography