Museum of Underwater Art Coming to Life
MUSEUM OF UNDERWATER ART APPROVAL GRANTED
Thursday, 11th July 2019
The inaugural artwork in the Southern Hemisphere’s first Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) should be installed within months, after the Queensland Government approved the Development Permit for The Strand ‘Ocean Siren’ sculpture.
Deputy Chair of the MOUA Board Dr Adam Smith said the approval is a significant milestone for the project.
“The installation of ‘Ocean Siren’ will mark the start of the MOUA North Queensland really coming to life. There’s been years of planning and consultation to get to this point and it will be wonderful to see a sculpture in the water before the end of the year,” Dr Smith said.
“World renowned artist Jason deCaires Taylor has designed the ‘Ocean Siren’ to be an exciting intertidal sculpture which will be installed on The Strand, offering locals and visitors alike the globally significant MOUA experience. It will be mounted 30 metres from the shoreline above the water, adjacent to Strand Pier.”
“The sculpture is being modelled on a local Aboriginal girl and will change colour in response to changes in the water temperature. It is designed to be thought provoking and ensure the health of the Great Barrier Reef is front and centre.
Stage One of the MOUA has been made possible through a $2 million Queensland Government grant.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said attractions like Townsville’s MOUA were an important part of the strategy to attract more tourists to Queensland.
“Investing in new infrastructure is crucial to growing our tourism industry and creating jobs in North Queensland,” she said.
“There is huge demand for cultural tourism throughout Asia and interest continues to grow worldwide.
“Today’s announcement is a great milestone in the establishment of the Southern Hemisphere’s first ever underwater art museum.
“We know this project will provide a huge boost to the local economy and support tourism businesses in Townsville.”
Dr Smith said public consultation for a proposed Coral Greenhouse sculpture at John Brewer Reef offering a world class dive and snorkel experience will commence in August.
“Artist Jason deCaires Taylor will arrive in Townsville in August, where he’ll be based at the Pacific Marine Group workshop in South Townsville as he completes the sculpture.”
It is expected the MOUA will create up to 182 direct and indirect jobs in North Queensland, generating over $42 million in regional economic activity annually.