Street and asset art

Murals across the state

In 2017 the innovative idea of using street art to tackle unsightly graffiti was approved by our board and CEO. The pilot program rolled out in 2018, across three reservoirs within the Clarence municipality, and a water pump station in Hobart municipality.

The pilot program engaged local youth and mentor artists. Together they planned the theme of each mural and worked together to deliver some of the largest scale murals ever produced in Tasmania. The pilot program delivered on the key outcomes—which were to reduce graffiti and vandalism, and in 2019 it got support from the board and executive team to continue on a state-wide basis.

Over time the program evolved from being strictly about graffiti management, and became a way for us to give back to the community. We reimagined each space and turned it from an ugly eyesore into a beautiful artwork which inspired young people and made the community proud.

Recent works

Bellerive Reservoir

Local artists and members of the Clarence City Council Youth Services team recently completed their latest installation at the Bellerive Reservoir, Grandma's Wall 2.0.

The concrete reservoir is a focal point of Bellerive located at the intersection of Ormond and Waverley Street. 

Grandma’s Wall 2.0 is designed to give the community the sense of looking your grandma’s lounge room or hallway walls. Artists Trent Fischer, Todd Jacobson, Harrison Bowe, Zac Henderson, Joel Gadja, Ben Jacobson, James ‘Kreamart’ Cowan, Reuben Holford, Qom Hart and Tom Deams completed individual smaller pieces to cover the visible section of the reservoir.

This is the second art installation on the Bellerive Reservoir after the original Grandma’s Wall was removed when the tank was resurfaced.

Thank you to Clarence City Council for their support during this project.

 

Avoca Reservoir

The Avoca Reservoir located on the side of the Esk Main Road has received a recent makeover. Artists Harrison Bowe and James ‘Kreamart’ Cowan worked through all possible weather conditions over the course of 7 days in June 2023 to deliver two stunning murals on the prominent reservoir.

Harrison has depicted the morning light touching a cathedral of dolomite from Stacks Bluff – at the southern end of Ben Lomond National Park, a local treasure of epic proportions.

Kreamart has depicted the beloved wedge tail eagle – also a local treasure, which happened to be spotted circling the reservoir over the days of painting.

A commitment was made to the Northern Midlands Council and community in 2019 that this reservoir would be included in our asset painting program, Covid delayed delivery – but we think the end result was worth the wait.

Check out a video created by Kreamart on the beautification of the Avoca Reservoir.

Nominate a spot

Do you have a reservoir or pump station close to home, your school, your community hall? Have you come across a TasWater asset which gets graffitied a lot? We want your input. 

We have identified several assets across the State to be included in our beautification program of works. However, we are always on the look out for more. We will work with local schools, community groups, youth groups, local artists to bring an idea to life.

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