The Platform initiative began as a Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games legacy project supported by Queensland Government and proudly delivered by Brisbane City Council.
Located adjacent to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha (BBGMC) Visitor Information Centre, The Platform features sculptural works, displayed for up to 12 months before being permanently located within the gardens.
The Platform is a 2.4 metre by 2.4 metre low plinth complete with hold-down points, lights and the capacity to accommodate a two-tonne load.
Made from charcoal coloured concrete and embedded within a native-species garden, The Platform recedes, allowing the commissioned artwork to both nestle in the garden and/or stand alone.
Roots - Hiromi Tango
The current commission Roots by Hiromi Tango expresses the artist's desire to be grounded in her adopted home of Australia, whilst creating space for her identity, culture and memories linked to a traditional upbringing in regional Japan. What does it mean to grow roots in a new home? How can we learn to be in a new environment and find meaningful connections to where we are?
Roots explores the idea of seeking harmony with our environment. To learn the stories and history of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, Hiromi worked with staff and volunteers through a series of workshops to share stories of connection to place. Hiromi cast plant species collected during these workshops in bronze and interwove these objects and stories into a physical representation of connection and growth.
The artwork is on display from August 2020 and is located outside the Visitor Information Centre.
The first commission Remainders 20 & 21, by acclaimed Australian artist Jamie North, consists of two cast bronze spheres punctuated with stippled holes allowing living Ficus to bind and grow from the interior.
Melbourne-based artist and designer Anna Varendorff installed the second commission, Large Arcs, in July 2018.
The 2019 commission was a vibrant, husk-like form titled Gone to Seed by Perth-based artist, Stuart Green.
Commissioned artists are invited to work with Council to nominate suitable locations within the BBGMC for their artwork to be installed once off The Platform.
For more information email The Platform or phone Council on 07 3403 8888.
This album includes current and previous The Platform installations. View the slideshow below, or view the images in 'The Platform, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha' album on Flickr.