Eyesore becomes a work of art thanks to students

John Forno and Christopher McKenzie are painting the Telstra building.
John Forno and Christopher McKenzie are painting the Telstra building. John Gass

TELSTRA with the help of Griffith University fine arts students have transformed an eyesore in Currumbin into a beautiful mural.

The Currumbin Telstra exchange building on the Gold Coast had been completely vandalised by unsightly tags which prompted Telstra to do something.

Gold Coast general manager Darren Clark said it was looking a lot better than a few days earlier.

"It was a bit of an eyesore thanks to the vandalism," he said.

"We decided to partner with the Queensland College of Arts and its taken then just 5 days to get it to this."

The mural was planned and painted by students Christopher McKenzie, John Forno and lecturer Richard Blundell.

Mr Blundell said it was made to disappear into the surrounds of Currumbin.

"It's a sort of camouflage," Mr Blundell said.

"We tried to keep it in with the surrounds so we used a lot of bush themes and took inspiration from the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary."

The three storey mural features rolled paintings and bird stencils and took under a week to complete.

Mr Blundell said it was a great initiative to make the area look beautiful but also deters vandals from destroying the works.

"It can help to put a stop to tagging because other artists will see the artwork and appreciate this is another artist's creation." He said.

He said the Gold Coast City Council needed a better relationship between creative practice and community to give artists an outlet.

Member for Currumbin and Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey said it was wonderful to see students working on the project and it only increased the reputation of Currumbin.

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