How can an artwork deter graffiti?

    Utilities and councils throughout Australia and overseas install public artworks as a graffiti-prevention strategy on the basis that graffiti offenders are less likely to tag or deface an artwork, particularly when they have been involved in its creation. 

    Our reservoir artworks are designed and installed by not for profit agencies that specialise in creating painted works of art with well-known street artists.  

    The installation process includes a mentoring program with local kids that aims to providing them with inspiration to further their skills in a positive way and educate them on the negative impact of graffiti. 

    As a result, the artworks often gain wider respect amongst the graffiti community and are less likely to be tagged again.

    How is each design developed?

    Unitywater proactively engages with residents and business owners from the area surrounding the particular reservoir, water tower or pump station.

    The aim of this is to capture a reflection of the local identity and what kinds of themes, styles and artwork the people would like to see in the design. 

    A concept is developed to incorporate the feedback from the community.

    How is the final design chosen?

    The final artwork is chosen by a design selection panel. This consists of community members who have expressed an interest in having a say on the final design.

    Once the design selection panel have approved the design, it is painted on the reservoir, water tower or pump station.

    Who designs and installs the artwork?

    Unitywater engages specialised art agencies to design and install our artworks.  

    If you would like to find out more information about future artworks and project specifications, please contact us at

    How do I find out about other community artworks Untiywater has completed?

    Visit our website to view our other community artwork projects, we hope you like them as much as we do!