Richard Striker Byrne

Vandals once again destroy iconic Sunshine Coast mural

VANDALS have once again destroyed the iconic wave mural in the canefield near Pacific Paradise.

The mural was first wrecked by graffiti vandals in mid October, sparking outrage on social media.

Artist Owen Cavanagh spent a weekend at the start of this month restoring the mural after Sunshine Coast Airport manager Peter Pallot organised power and access.

>> Facebook fury after vandals trash iconic roadside artwork

He travelled from Gladstone, where he works, to complete the weekend restoration project, which ended with a photo shoot and a few beers with friends at Coolum Surf Lifesaving Club.

The painting of Old Woman Island with offshore swept waves has been seen by thousands of motorists every day since Mr Cavanagh first painted it in 2001.

When it was first vandalised, Mr Cavanagh said after 14 years he would have thought there would be a bit of respect.

>> Owen's vandalised surf mural set to be restored by artist

"There's always been respect there. The stuff that's over the top of it now is just really trashy.

"There are really bad tags over the top of it. They have really defaced it.

"You can't tell it was even there," Mr Cavanagh said.

Vandals have once again destroyed this iconic Sunshine Coast mural - only weeks after it was restored by the artist: http://ow.ly/VbzPu (Pic: Richard Striker Byrne)

Posted by Sunshine Coast Daily on Friday, November 27, 2015

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