Watch Port Kembla tank mural come to life

Thomas Jackson takes artwork to new lengths at the Wollongong Water Recycling Plant. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Thomas Jackson takes artwork to new lengths at the Wollongong Water Recycling Plant. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Thomas Jackson has painted an impressive 80 square metre mural on a concrete tank at Sydney Water’s Wollongong Water Recycling Plant this week.

The mural is four metres high and 20 metres wide and has taken Mr Jackson four days to complete using spray paint.

‘‘My artwork reflects nature’s regrowth and how nature can rejuvenate dilapidated urban structures,’’ Mr Jackson said.

The artwork is part of Sydney Water’s Liveable Cities program.

‘‘The program is aimed at finding ways water utility can contribute to making cities more liveable and this artwork showcases the environmental benefits of the recycling plant,’’ Sydney Water Liveable Cities lead Charles Agnew said.

Recycling plant production officer Hugo Figgis said Sydney Water wanted to ‘‘highlight the principles of why we have a recycling plant and an artwork on an industrial environment looks great’’.

‘‘I hope it makes the workers really happy and I hope it will encourage pride in the workplace,’’ Mr Figgis said.

Mr Jackson’s natural artwork has been exhibited across Sydney and the Illawarra.

The project took Mr Jackson four days to complete using spray paint. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The project took Mr Jackson four days to complete using spray paint. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

His recent exhibition at the Tate Gallery in Sydney, Studies, features an innovative approach to depicting Australian wildlife.

Mr Jackson was also involved in the Wonderwalls Festival held in Wollongong last year and has just completed a work at Warrawong.

‘‘Wollongong is really open to large scale public murals. It has the space and there is a lot going on in Wollongong’s art scene,’’ Mr Jackson said.

The Wollongong Water Recycling Plant produces 7300 million litres of recycled water annually, most of which is used by BlueScope Steel, Port Kembla Coal, Wollongong Golf Club and Wollongong City Council, saving the use of valuable drinking water.

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