Thanks to 10 local artists a touch of Woodfordia magic is now on display in the quaint hinterland gem of Woodford – the Windows of Woodford Art Trail brings the town’s rich history to life in vibrant colour for both locals and visitors to enjoy.
What began as a simple sprucing up project of the town’s historic water tower in 2015 has now evolved into a wonderful streetscape beautification program supported by Moreton Bay Regional Council and Unity Water.
Spearheaded by the Woodford Lions Club, the program garnered the support and involvement of the township’s community (including local businesses) many of whom provided decoration and thematic preference suggestions in response to a survey asking Woodford residents to identify what they loved about their town.
“The concept for Windows of Woodford was based on the notion of the water tower being a castle tower. Window-like art panels were installed, with each panel providing a different insight into an aspect of Woodford. The artwork preserves important social and historical aspects, as well as promoting Woodford’s unique community identity. They look spectacular in the evening when the sun sets. Furthermore, each window artwork contains our cheeky local icon, the long-nosed bandicoot,” explained Woodford Lions Secretary and local resident, Ellen Adriaansen.
The colourful and comical artistic themes expressed on the 10 lightbox window water tower pieces tie in with the rest of the Windows of Woodford artworks creating an immersive and interpretive art in Brisbane North experience.
12 panels with aspects of the water tower artwork can be discovered on the town’s lamp poles. 3 public toilet block windows are also decorated, and 10 beautified bollards throughout the town are adorned with water tower artwork replications, along with a stanza from the poem ‘Bandicoot Dreaming’ by Mark Feldman, and mosaic tiles crafted by artist Beverley Ridsdill-Kenny and community members.
Take a look at the Windows for Woodford Facebook page for more photos, details and updates, or obtain supporting information including map markers, banners, pamphlets and calendars in person, from the Woodford Visitor Information Centre.
You’ll find the art trail’s main drawcard – the Woodford water tower – beside the Woodford Visitor Information Centre at the intersection of Archer St and Margaret Street.