Contemporary Art and Architecture Public Art Trail | Brisbane City Council

Contemporary Art and Architecture Public Art Trail

""For over a decade, Council has partnered with the private sector to promote the benefits of public art within private developments. Through the voluntary 'Percentage for Art' scheme, new developments have delivered significant artworks within the Central Business District (CBD). In many of these developments, the artwork is closely linked to, or integrated with, the building design and located in building foyers, facades or laneways. 

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Contemporary Art and Architecture Public Art Trail online map and table

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You can view all artworks in this trail in the 'Contemporary Art and Architecture Public Art Trail' set in Council's Flickr account. You can also view artworks in Council's other public art trails in the 'Public Art Trails' collection.

Number Title Location Artist Description Materials Installation date
1 Infinity forest The facade of the Evolution Apartments, at the corner of North Quay and Tank Street Carl Warner At 60 square metres and five storeys high, Infinity Forest is an image of a towering forest that reflects the soaring skyscrapers surrounding it. Ink jet on 39 panels of glass 2008
2 Once again Installed on one wall of the arcade, linking from Turbot Street to Tank Street and the Kurilpa Bridge Lincoln Austin Once Again explores the processes we follow consciously and subconsciously when we examine objects, from our first encounter to our subsequent encounters and analysis.  Powder coated aluminium and stainless steel 2009
3 Infiltration Three part artwork that extends from the street through the building into the foyer at 400 George Street, Brisbane Kenji Uranishi Infiltration is an installation of 200 hand-built, rectangular porcelain pieces which have been inserted into three timber grid frames. 200 porcelain blocks in a timber frame 2009
4 Trickle Foyer of 400 George Street, Brisbane Donna Marcus This installation is constructed from more than 3000 aluminium saucepans, saucepan lids, biscuit tins, pudding bowls and other domestic objects.  An installation comprising kitchenware and steel rods 2009
5 Chessboard painting #14 and #15 Adjacent the lift well in the foyer at 400 George Street, Brisbane Gemma Smith The Chessboard Paintings #14 and #15 form part of a series of works by Brisbane-based artist Gemma Smith.  Acrylic painting 2009
6 Confluence Brisbane Magistrates Court, 363 George Street, corner of Turbot and George Streets, Brisbane Daniel Templeman Confluence is representative of a notion associated with the judicial experience; that life presents obstacles which are either seen as overwhelming or resolvable. The work begins with a sense of calm, building up intensity towards the ‘obstacle’ before penetrating it and returning to the ‘resolved’ state”. Plate aluminium and concrete 2004
7 Eyes are singing out 415 George Street Yayoi Kusama The disembodied eye featured in Eyes are Singing Out is a symbol that appears in many cultures throughout time. It is suggestive not only of a watchful public but also omnipotence, enlightenment and inspiration. Steel and enamel 2012
8a Falling from above - Husk  Along the length of the pedestrian link from George Street to plaza, 275 George Street, Brisbane Stuart Green The Falling From Above series sprang from the concept of the city as a forest. Husk is a suspended element, evocative of a seed’s outer skin which has opened in release as it falls from the tree canopy.  Aluminium 2009
8b Falling from above - Kernel  Along the length of the pedestrian link from George Street to plaza, 275 George Street, Brisbane Stuart Green The Falling From Above series sprang from the concept of the city as a forest. Kernel represents the released seed-pod. It is a smooth five-metre wooden form that commands centre-piece at a key intersection of the arcade.  Recycled Western Australian Jarrah wood and steel 2009
8c Falling from above - Returning  Along the length of the pedestrian link from George Street to plaza, 275 George Street, Brisbane Stuart Green The Falling From Above series sprang from the concept of the city as a forest. Returning is an installation and landscape that symbolises the return of the seed to the earth.  Recycled Western Australian Jarrah wood and steel 2009
9 Steam Ground floor Brisbane Square and Reddacliff Place, 266 George Street, Brisbane Donna Marcus Varying in size from 1.3 metres to 2.6 metres in diameter, the spheres are an impressive compilation of generic aluminium kitchenware that has been adapted into the unitary basis of this engaging artwork. Fabricated aluminium colanders welded together 2006
10 Across the ocean their fragrances intermingled Glass atrium over Albert Lane Pamela Mei-Leng See Across the Ocean Their Fragrances Intermingled is an array of floral designs stencilled over the glazed atrium roof.  Stencils on glass 2007
11 Charlie Cox, 2011 Corner of Albert and Charlotte Streets, Brisbane Dale Frank Charlie Cox, 2011 is an abstraction of geometric patterns composed of colourful mosaic tiles. Glass mosaic tiles 2011
12 Pride Corner of Albert and Charlotte Streets, Brisbane Graham Lehmann   Stainless steel 598 panels 1999, reinstalled, 2001
13 Waterography – writing in light with water Facade of Charlotte Towers building, 128 Charlotte Street, Brisbane Marian Drew The artist created a magnified photogram image of water ripples and surface effects for the apartment building podium. Glass and laminated photogram 2007
14 Efflorescence – architectural epiphyte #9 Facade of 70 Mary Street, Brisbane Simeon Nelson  Efflorescence is a series of sculptural plant forms located on three architect-designed fins of the facade.  Three sculptural blades, 8mm mild steel 2007
15 Landlines Facade of 53 Albert Street, Brisbane Jennifer Marchant Landlines is a large scale depiction of a topographical map of the surrounding mountains seen from Brisbane’s CBD including Cunningham’s Gap and Main Range. Stainless steel 2008
16 Shades of Green Awning of 42 Albert Street, Brisbane Peter Lewis Shades of Green is 44 metres long, three metres wide and is suspended from the soffit of the entrance awning to the building. It is composed of a series of discreet panels, assembled sequentially. Screen printed panels 2009

 

27 June 2016
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