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Stunning mural gives former car park a new lease on life

Stunning mural gives former car park a new lease on life

A disused space in the heart of Brisbane's CBD has been given a new lease on life, with a little help from Dulux Protective Coatings.

Part of Brisbane's major Queens Wharf redevelopment, the new Waterline Park is located on the site of a former concrete car park, which has been transformed into a bright recreational space attracting locals and tourists alike.

Located along a 500-metre stretch of land underneath the Riverside Expressway, Waterline Park sits on edge of the Brisbane River between William Street and Mangrove Walk.

This formerly unusable area now features a climbing wall as well as a dedicated lane for cyclists to link through the space from the city to the Bicentennial Bikeway. The new design aims to facilitate active leisure and relaxation for workers during the week, as well as family-oriented recreational pursuits on weekends. 

A striking feature of Waterline Park is the "Floodlines" mural, a bright and expansive urban artwork created by LA-based Australian artist, Alice Lang.

"Painted across the underside of the Riverside Expressway, the artwork references the peak water level of Brisbane’s 2010- 2011 floods," explains applicator Benjamin Werner from All City Walls.

The realisation of this stunning public space artwork required a coatings system that delivered colour variety, durability and graffiti resistance.

"We recommended Dulux Durebild STE and Dulux Weathermax HBR to provide the required finish and colour variety," explains Dulux Protective Coatings Technical Sales Representative, Manoli Hnoudis, who provided coatings system and application advice to the project team and organised the colours specified by the artist.

"After the surface was pressure washed, Durebild STE was applied at 125 microns, before Weathermax HBR was applied at 100 microns."

A surface tolerant epoxy, Durebild STE was the perfect primer coat for the application of Weathermax HBR, a high build recoatable polyurethane coating.

"Together, these coatings deliver a long-lasting, hard wearing, anti graffiti coating, in the finish and colour variety required," said Manoli.

As a new entertainment and lifestyle precinct for Brisbane, Queens Wharf aims to boost tourism to the city, while providing local residents with increased amenity. The project is on track for completion in 2022.

With its stunning colours, the Waterline Park mural has already breathed new life into what was once a dingy part of the Queensland capital.

The precinct has been welcomed by Brisbane residents and community groups.

“This is one of the busiest bicycle and pedestrian spaces in Brisbane, and this project has made a dramatic improvement to both its usability and its capacity for growth," said Bicycle Queensland CEO, Rebecca Randazzo.

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