While Townsville is already dotted with eclectic, incredible murals, new jewels are still appearing in the city with the latest addition to the CBD street art trail being launched tomorrow afternoon.
Mother Earth by Brisbane artist Sam Wilkinson (‘Leans’) has been coming to life on the rear façade of the old Powerhouse on Ogden Street this week, joining a recent work by Townsville’s RUN Collective on the building’s adjoining wall.
Sam said that, while already detailed, the piece would eventually take up the entire wall when it is completed this weekend.
“We should be done by Sunday – so it will have taken six days to complete in total. You can see Mother Earth there already, but she’s going to be coming out of the ocean with hands holding a big coral heart. We’ve got a bit of work still to do!” said Sam.
“In my work, I like to bring all the natural things specific to the region I’m in into one piece and make a little ecosystem type of thing, a big picture specific to the area. This one’s drawing elements of fish – so most of the patterns are from the reef and scales of the fish, as well as some tropical fruit all making a big Mother Earth.
“This is my first piece in North Queensland – most of my work is in Brisbane as well as one in Albury New South Wales, but I haven’t really been doing it for too long. I’m only really starting to get traction with these large-scale things so hopefully these spread the word and there’ll be more of my work around in the future.”
Catch Sam Wilkinson creating Mother Earth on Ogden Street (opposite McDonald’s) for the next two days, before the piece is officially launched at 5pm on Friday. Finishing touches will be made over the weekend, before the final piece is ready for viewing on Sunday afternoon.