TURNING JUNK INTO ART: Designer Josh McIntosh with Queensland University of Technology student Bec Redsell working on the ’Boomtown’ set by the marina in Gladstone.
TURNING JUNK INTO ART: Designer Josh McIntosh with Queensland University of Technology student Bec Redsell working on the ’Boomtown’ set by the marina in Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

Junkyard scrap transformed into art for Boomtown

JUNKYARD scrap from Queensland Alumina Limited has a leading role to play in Gladstone's up-coming musical spectacular, Boomtown.

Truck loads of rusty pipes, belt reels and general 'junk' from the waste transfer facility are being integrated into the marina-side set.

After days of hard work putting it all together, Production Designer Josh McIntosh is excited to finally watch his vision come to life.

"It's worked quite nicely," he said.

"It's pretty close to my original design and vision."

Community Relations Advisor for QAL Crystal Linderberg said the donated "junk" was worth about $10,000 all up.

"It's been a team effort to get it all ready," she said.

"Josh has done a great job putting it all together."

Ms Linderberg said QAL was one of the first industries to arrive in Gladstone, so it was fitting to get involved with Boomtown.

"It's been a year in the making and it's pretty amazing to see it come together," she said.

"It's going to look even better at night with the lights by the marina."

Mr McIntosh has until Saturday to put the finishing touches to his industrial masterpiece.

"I've got to work as fast as I can ... it's pretty crazy," he said.

Hi-vis zombies, industry cheerleaders and dancers, BMX riders, a pipe band, a vocal quartet and Taiko drummers will take to the industrial stage next Thursday.

Boomton producer Marguerite Pepper said the final days of prep were the most exciting part of the production process.

"You get to watch your dreams come true," she said.

After the curtain falls on the last show, organisers have just two days to pack up and the junk will go straight to scrap.



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