The Platform

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.

Current artwork

Gone to Seed - Stuart Green

The current commission Gone to Seed by Stuart Green is a vibrant, husk-like form that references the complex seed and fruit forms in the Botanic Gardens. Stuart Green explores the intricate patterns and segmentation created by nature which change and develop throughout the lifecycle of a seed. He has appropriated the form on a monumental scale to expose the complex beauty and kaleidoscope experience that reflects and refracts the surrounding landscape of the artwork.

The artwork is on display from July 2019 to June 2020 and is located outside the Visitor Information Centre.

Previous installations

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. 

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.

More information

For more information email The Platform or phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Last updated:30 September 2019