Thirteen student artists from Happy Valley State School participated in transforming five NBN node cabinets throughout Mount Isa recently.
The nodes are situated in West St, at the entrance to Mount Isa Airport, two are located in Rodeo Drive and one node is near the Police Station.
The node cabinets have been in Mount Isa since last year however the dull green-looking boxes lacked attractiveness so a call was sent out by NBN Australia to beautify them.
A spokesperson from NBN said they approached the local schools to see if any would be interested in being part of the project to beautify the nodes.
“There are quite a few budding artists out here, but the students and a teacher from Happy Valley State School engaged us.”
The theme the students inspired to create was ‘Working Towards Reconciliation’.
Art teacher Ms Gavin said the ideas for this project were bouncing off the walls and the students came up with some really amazing ideas.
“I’m very proud of them,” she said.
Once the original paintings were completed, they were handed over to Mount Isa Signs to copy-paint onto each node.
The unveiling of the node cabinet on the grass beside the Library revealed three pieces of artwork from the students.
Mayor Joyce McCulloch said it's really nice to see a creative art piece that community members have painted when your drive passed.
“I like the fact that this project engaged our youth – giving them a sense of responsibility, a sense of respect and a sense of ownership for your community,” Cr McCulloch said.
The Regional Arts Development fund is a program the Council runs every year and Deputy Mayor Phil Barwick said the Council are going to embark on a range of artist projects going forward.
“We have injected a lot into the performing arts but we are hoping to do a lot more with static art, sculptures and murals.