There’s an art to creating a vibrant community and a vivid new mural in the heart of Baringa at our Aura community is helping to do just that.
Local Caloundra artist Steven Bordonaro, with the help of students from Baringa State Primary School, recently spent a month painting the eye-catching mural stretching 82 metres.
The importance of public art throughout Aura will be showcased for the first time within the new Baringa Town Square, the location of Aura’s first community hub.
Hannah Madill, Aura Development Manager, said artwork is seen as vital in creating a sense of place at Aura and will be used to tell the story of the community and foster pride and ownership, as well as for more functional purposes such as wayfinding and meeting locations.
Hannah said: “I’m delighted students from Baringa State Primary School were involved in the mural as we’re always looking for opportunities to engage with the school on local projects.
“We’re designing a world-class city that people want to call home and our artworks will draw people together, providing a sense of community, showcasing local talent and building on the spirit of Aura.”
Steven Bordonaro said the artwork was inspired by a connection with the laidback coastal lifestyle – the surf, the extensive network of bike trails that will become part of Aura, the local habitat as well as dining, music, entertainment and sports.
Steven said: “My brief was to create something vibrant, and I received so many comments from people working nearby while I was doing it.
“I designed the mural so you can see it 60 metres away. The mural contains a number of little stories and scenes that flow into one another. The school kids helped me with colouring in a section that depicts the frog habitat at Aura."