Tanks for the art, Seth

Artist Seth Womble (inset) in front of the mural he painted at the Lennox Head Reservoir.

After two years of hard work and more than 80 litres of paint, artist Seth Womble has turned the Lennox Head Reservoir from a plain water tank into a spectacular work of art reflecting the natural beauty of the headland and the ocean.

The Californian artist dreamed up the concept after arriving in the area in 2003 to study visual arts at Southern Cross University. He planned to stay in Ballina, but one look at Lennox Head changed the surfers mind.

The first thing I saw was the water tank and the second was the surf, he said.

While the surf was no eyesore, Seth decided the water tank could definitely use a facelift.

Ballina Council got behind the project by supplying materials and safety equipment for the job.

They footed the bill and supported me the whole way, Seth said.

Seth is off to Thailand and New Zealand for a holiday, but hopes to get work as a professional artist when he returns to Lennox Head and he now has the biggest advertisement in the village.

He also plans to do a follow-up survey to see how the local community, some of whom werent too keen on the mural, now feel about their new piece of public art.

There were a few opposing council and community members who changed their minds once they saw it, said Seth. They were the ones I really wanted to impress.


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