Internationally renowned artist Lucas Grogan paints his last signature mural in Rockhampton before he leaves to live and work in Europe. Photo Christine McKee / The Morning Bulletin
Internationally renowned artist Lucas Grogan paints his last signature mural in Rockhampton before he leaves to live and work in Europe. Photo Christine McKee / The Morning Bulletin Christine Mckee

READERS DISCUSS: Council hiring out-of-town mural artists

ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council's regional promotions manager Sarah Reeves said there had been some negativity around paying an out-of-region artist to paint the Quay Lane mural - especially in a city bursting with local talent.

The criticism isn't stemming from the arts community itself, which understands the bigger picture and has relished the opportunity to work alongside Lucas Grogan. They realise his mural is only the beginning of Rockhampton's laneway dream.

The Bulletin asked readers what they thought of the mural.

Mary Scully - I don't particularly like the style but good on him for some of his other work.
We have loads of talent here in Rockhampton so we should have used one of those first.

Mark Kennedy - How long did it take him?

Mark Kennedy - How much did it cost?

Maureen Halligan - 10 grand

Gayle Vea Vea - Should be a lot more to brighten up these areas. Community groups could perhaps organise it..

Nic Griffin - I like it! It's a splash of much needed culture to the area. For those complaining about the cost, you're half the reason this city struggles to move forward. This paves the way for local artists to display some of their works to the public.

Jim Litzow - I think they should have used a local artist. They tell us to buy local .

Jy Elk - And this is going to bring more $$$ to the town how exactly?

And how long before it's spray painted on? Then what? Nice work rocky council money well spent!

Mark Kennedy - I totally agree with murals throughout any town, but, $10,000.00.? How much is this going to cost rate payers? It takes me 5 weeks to earn that much money less expenses! RRC can I get a contract with you? FB. Me please!

Michelle Wunsch - Need more of local artists to go berserk on this town and brighten it up with murals everywhere story telling or paintings that relate to the history of Rockhampton. There are towns around Australia that have done it properly tastefully and the artists have a real talent and these cities and towns look amazing for it. Actually also boosts their tourism and put them on the map Council needs to put their heads together and start using their brains, this sort of thing could kill two or three birds ( problems ) with one stone and spruce up this dull looking beef capital of Australia. Just putting it out there.

Angelina Ballerina - Love it, saw it going onto the bridge a few days ago, eye catching!

Barbara Smith - What is it supposed to represent? Looks a bit like a 'time tunnel' or a 'worm hole'. Agree though should have used a local artist.

Jonathan May - I'd say there's plenty of ugly walls around for all our artists to beautify.

Lindsay Smith - nice work if you can get it

 



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