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Seagull Takes Over Sturt Street

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Townsville City Council’s CBD street art program has added a splash of colour to Sturt Street.

Fresh from completing his kookaburras mural at the Bus Hub, West Australian artist James Giddy has painted a new seagull mural on Sturt Street.

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Colleen Doyle said she’s pleased Council found a second ‘canvas’ for the talented artist.

“James Giddy did a wonderful job painting the kookaburras on a massive wall at the Bus Hub and it’s great that we’ve had him here for a second artwork on Sturt Street,” Cr Doyle said

“He finished the kookaburras mural very quickly so it gave him time to complete a second artwork.”

Street Art Activation Working Group Chair Cr Russ Cook said James is focussing on another bird in his new mural.

“Seagulls are a common sight on Townsville’s beaches and James has brought a seagull to Sturt Street,” Cr Cook said.

“He’s adopted a different approach to his last piece, he’s included a beach landscape inside the seagull.”

Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said the Sturt Street painting is the 27th project in Council’s street art program.

”Our growing art collection is becoming a big drawcard for the CBD,” Cr Greaney said.

“We’re using local, national and international artists to lure people to the city – and we’re encouraging art fans to explore inner city shops and cafes while they’re admiring the art.”

Townsville City Council’s Street Art Walking Trail includes the locations and explanations for each CBD artwork: