REVEALED: First look at artwork for Murgon tower
SOUTH Burnett travellers may soon have a very colourful reason to stop at Murgon.
The water tower outside Murgon’s Golf Club could soon be covered with an impressive array of history and colour.
Murgon artist Lee Porter has revealed a mock up of the full size art piece she has created with the water tower in mind.
This comes after Ms Porter’s art work was given unanimous support from the Murgon Business Group to apply for a grant to paint the impressive piece.
Ms Porter who has been an artist all her life and has painted many large size pieces, said it was great the artwork would stay in the South Burnett.
“We have such a wealth of artists in the region,” she said.
With a Masters in art, the passionate Murgon resident wrote her thesis on uniting two communities, Cherbourg and Murgon through the visual arts to break down the barriers.
The tower artwork showcases the strong connection Murgon boasts to many mammals from years gone by.
“It’s about the fossils that were here 55 million years ago, found in Murgon and no where else in the world,” Ms Porter said.
“Some of them pre-date other finds by 10 million years, which makes Murgon the most significant site in the world.
Some of the animals featured on the artwork include, turtles, crocodiles, meat-eating kangaroos, and a marsupial lion that had a pouch.
The artwork on the water tower, owned by the South Burnett Regional Council, would also showcase possibly the oldest of all the mammals, the ground-dwelling Tingamarra.
“The Tingamarra was only found here (in Murgon) and predates all other mammals by 10 million years,” Ms Porter said.
“It really is significant.”
A grant will now be sought to acquire the $30,000 required to fund the project.
“The tower is 35 metres tall, so most of the costs are for lifting equipment,” Ms Porter said.
The passionate artist said the tower art would become a significant tourism hot spot which would bring with it serious tourist dollars in town.
“We could have a Tingamarra burger,” Ms Porter said.
“Or maybe a coffee named after a bat.
“It has a wealth of merchandising opportunities for the town.”