Murals transform Wacol Station

WHEN the train rolls into Wacol station passengers can't help but be distracted by what's going on outside.

Silhouettes of domestic wildlife and spectacular scenes from rainforests and farms leap from the platform walls.

The once drab site has been transformed into a work of art, with bright murals adorning the station.

The theme celebrates the new RSPCA Animal Care Campus, set in Wacol and due to open in December.

The project was part of the Queensland Rail Positive pARTnerships program, which works with community groups and schools to produce high quality artwork to enhance local railway stations.

Art project coordinator Jade Monson said the artwork at the station was a cooperative effort.

"Artists collaborated with students from the Barrett Adolescent Centre School in Wacol and the Inala Community House," she said.

"Children as young as two to five even contributed ideas.

"We wanted to create something fun that promoted the positive work and different functions of the RSPCA."

Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk inspected the ongoing artwork on November 8, and said work captured the imagination of children and educated people about the importance of proper animal care.

"Programs like this encourage a sense of community pride and promote the works of budding young Brisbane artists," she said.

The murals will total 184sq m, which will decorate platform shelter sheds, nearby bus shelters, exit and entry ramp walls and bike lockers.

Three 2m high sculptures will be placed at Wacol Station later in the year.

RSPCA executive manager Michael Hornby said the artwork was fantastic and a great way to represent RSPCA's work.

"With over 10 acres, our new facility is set to be the most significant animal care facility in the southern hemisphere," Mr Hornby said.

"We plan to assist around 50,000 animals and attract 100,000 visitors per year.

"So the Wacol station is going to be such an important asset and what better way for people to be welcomed than by this great artwork."



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