In a bid to prevent future graffiti and enhance the appearance of our sites, we are working with our communities to create murals on highly visible reservoirs, water towers and sewage pump stations. 

The cost of removing graffiti can be as much as $5500 each time.

Repainting with a single colour arguably provides another blank canvas for further graffiti.

By contrast, our community murals have been created with the support of neighbouring residents and graffiti artists alike, making them less likely to be tagged again.


How the process works

Phase One
Community survey
Community members who live and work alongside the site are invited to share their ideas for the artwork design's theme, content and style. 
Phase Two
Design brief development
The ideas and wishes of the local community are incorporated into a design brief that is used to guide the artwork development. 
Phase Three
Concept development
We work closely with the appointed public art agency and a Design Reference Panel to commission multiple concepts in line with the community's design brief. 
Phase Four
Public vote

Community votes to select a final design.

Phase Five
Artwork installation
The winning design is installed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Utilities and councils throughout Australia and overseas install public artworks as a graffiti-prevention strategy on the basis that graffiti offenders are less likely to tag or deface an artwork, particularly when they have been involved in its creation.

Our reservoir artworks are designed and installed by not for profit agencies that specialise in creating painted works of art with well-known street artists. 

The installation process includes a mentoring program with local kids that aims to providing them with inspiration to further their skills in a positive way and educate them on the negative impact of graffiti.

As a result, the artworks often gain wider respect amongst the graffiti community and are less likely to be tagged again.

Unitywater proactively surveys residents and business owners from the area surrounding the particular reservoir, water tower or pump station.

The survey aims to capture a reflection of the local identity and what kinds of themes, styles and artwork the people would like to see in the design. 

Survey responses are collated and the preferred style and theme forms the design brief. Unitywater then consults further with the community and collaborates with other agencies (artists, councils) to develop a shortlist of artworks.

These are then put to a public vote. The winning artwork, as voted by the community, is then painted!

The final artwork is chosen by the residents and business operators who live and work alongside the reservoir or tower through a community vote.

The most popular artwork will be painted on the reservoir.

Unitywater engages specialised not-for-profit public art agencies to design and install our artworks.  

These agencies are not only skilled in designing and installing large scale public artworks, they also develop and implement community engagement programs to mentor local youth during each project. 

Art agencies are appointed through the project tender process.  If you would like to find out more information about future artworks and project specifications, please email community@unitywater.com 

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