Pole art puts Agnes Water and Town of 1770 on accessible art map

Pole art puts Agnes Water and Town of 1770 on accessible art map

A cycling tour across the Nullarbor exposed local Tracey Lee to the world of accessible art.

Seeing farmers using hay bales or tractor tyres to create art while she would whizz by on her bike brought her “so much enjoyment”.

Home in Agnes Water, Ms Lee said she and her partner regularly walked to their local beach and were always dismayed at the graffiti on local power poles.

An idea was born.

“I put a post on our local Facebook community page asking if anyone else loved accessible art, and what people thought about painting the power poles,” she said.

“The response was amazingly positive.”

Within an hour the Agnes Water Cultural Art Trail Group was formed, and they had a vision of painting 20 poles for 2020 with flora and fauna indigenous to the area.

They had a promising start, but then COVID-19 changed the world.

Quietly in the background, Tracey and “Steve” from Energy Queensland kept the project alive, and once restrictions were lifted 27 safe and suitable poles, running along Captain Cook Drive and Springs Road, were identified.

Ms Lee said the community “really got behind the project, which we are so grateful for”.

“We held a sausage sizzle, a few generous local businesses and individuals donated materials including paint and brushes, and Bunnings in Bundaberg helped with anti-graffiti paint sealer,” she said.

“We are also fortunate that one of our brilliant locals came to our aid and built an online interactive map that will take you on a tour of the poles and tell you a little about each artist and their vision.”

The community was right behind each of the 26 emerging and established artists, the majority being Agnes Water residents, as they spent hours in extreme weather, brightening the once graffitied and boring holes.

“Some locals claimed artists as their own, feeding them, bringing them cold drinks or warm coffee, it was heart-warming to see,” Ms Lee said.

The trail group is now keen to get started on the next round of poles which will continue with their theme of indigenous flora and fauna found in Agnes Water and Town of 1770.

For more information on how you to get involved in the project contact Ms Lee on agneswaterculturalarttrail@gmail.com.

The best way to explore the Pole Art Trail is by walking or cycling; view the interactive trail map: https://www.visitagnes1770.com.au/places/pole-art-trail/