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Concrete Art Crabs of Redcliffe | How many have you seen?

Have you ever been to Redcliffe, Queensland? Have you walked a long the concrete pavements? Have you noticed the concrete art crabs of Redcliffe?

What are concrete art crabs?

All over Redcliffe, Queensland there are little drawings of crabs etched into the concrete with a number beside them. But where are they all? Who put them there? Why are they there? And what does it all mean?

Right, let’s start with what we know….

Where are the concrete art crabs of Redcliffe?

As the name suggests, the vast majority of the crabs can be found in Redcliffe. If you are on a day trek around the area, keep your eyes peeled… you could spot them anywhere! The ones we know of are:

Pelican Park – boat ramp concrete art crabs

What does the 12 mean? Perhaps created in 2012?! You’ll find this one just across the bridge at Pelican Park, Clontarf.

elican park - boat ramp concrete art crabs

Woody point board walk

Woody Point board walk concrete art crabs

You’ll find this one just across from the Belvedere Hotel. Also potentially made in 2012.

Adams Street in Scarborough – concrete art crabs

Adams Street Scarborough across from Frawley Street concrete art crabs

If you walk down Adams Street in Scarborough (across from Frawley Street), you should stumble upon this concrete art crab made (we think) in 2011.

Beach front Redcliffe – concrete art crabs

Beach front near Baldwin street Redcliffe concrete art crabs

You’ll find this cutie on the beachfront near Baldwin street in Redcliffe. It has a 10 beside it, so we’re guessing… 2010?

Corner of Garnet Street and Griffith Road

Landsborough Avenue Scarborough

Landsborough Avenue Scarborough Near the outdoor chess board concrete art crabs

You will  find this one on Landsborough Ave, near the outdoor chess board… we think it was created way back in 2008!

Who put the concrete art crabs there?

The word on the street is that there was a local council worker who had the nickame of ‘crab’ and it was he who created these cute critters…. but we are not 100% sure… can anyone confirm or refute this?

Why are the concrete art crabs there?

We’d like to think that they’ve been created to add a bit of artistic flair to a boring piece of concrete… but we are not sure… do let us know if you know ‘why’ these were created!

Let us know in comments below and why not like the Facebook page created to celebrate these little fellows? Click here to see a few more and feel free to send them any new ones that you spot on your days out and about around Redcliffe.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

3 thoughts on “Concrete Art Crabs of Redcliffe | How many have you seen?”

  1. It was an ex council work named Gary MacPherson – he was a concretor for the council and would add his handy work into every job he did around the Penisular
    He did it to make the concrete jobs a little brighter than just a drab concrete slab
    I dont think his nickname was crab but not 100% sure of this


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