Going the full circle on the CityCat is something I’ve never done and so it was on my “30 things for my 30th in 30ish days” list. I started at North Quay, went to UQ, before it turned around to Bretts Wharf and I looped back to Bulimba. 2 hours it took.
The CityCat is not especially legible from the street level (William St), and the underneath area of North Quay and Riverside Expressway has long been an area I always thought needed some rethink and vibrancy.
I was nicely surprised by the recent works.
(1) Giant words saying “ferry” are now painted on the footpath, at the Victoria Bridge intersection and linked to a painted line. A type of ‘follow the yellow brick road way-finding’ to lead you down.
2) Newly painted artwork on surfaces add visual interest when viewed from above (street level) and helps suggests to drivers and bikes that it as a shared zone where people are likely walking about
It highlighted to me the power of simple intervention like just graphics and colour.
It had been quite a while since I had walked down there, and I was reminded how much space there is. Space that is kind of nothing. Space that I pondered – what could it be better used for?