A Gold Coast icon, the Nucrush Group, is celebrating 50-years in operation by commissioning renowned local artist Dean Cogle to transform one of their Southport silos into a large-scale public artwork.
The silo, on the Southport Nerang Road has been enhanced with imagery of key Southport landmarks – such as the Main Street, the seaway and historic Cecil Hotel – as they used to look, as well as a Nucon Concrete truck from the 1960’s. (Scroll down to see it!)
Nucrush Group Director Michelle Neumann told myGC: “The artwork is a lovely representation of what life was like when the Nucrush Group started.”
In it’s 50 years of operation, Nucrush Group – which includes Nucon Concrete and Nucrush Quarries – have produced and supplied a wide range of quarry and concrete products throughout South East Queensland. The company has helped to shape what the Gold Coast is today through its work on projects such as the Commonwealth Games Indoor Sports Centre at Coomera and the new Hypercoaster at Movie World.
The artist, Dean Cogle, has thirty years’ experience in design and illustration and has previously captured iconic Gold Coast landmarks, including the Miami Ice building and the Point Danger Lodge.
“This is the kind of project that allows you to really flex your creative muscles. I’ve never created a piece on a silo before, and it’s allowed me to combine several creative disciplines, so it’s been a great experience,” Mr Cogle said.
State Member for Southport, Rob Molhoek says Nucrush has played an integral part of Gold Coast history and has been involved with the development of many iconic structures and high-rise buildings.
“I can remember the Nucon trucks from when I was a child and it has been great to see them go from strength to strength over the past 50 years. There really is a little bit of Nucrush in all of the Gold Coast, everywhere you look,” Mr. Molhoek said.