Temporary art platform

The temporary art platform (The Platform) is 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 temporary artworks, displayed for up to 12 months.

Current artwork

Large Arcs

Anna Varendorff

The current commission Large Arcs by Anna Varendorff, is minimal in form, sweeping upwards towards the sky. It is in contrast to the organic and unpredictable beauty of the plants, both in the work and around it. Its contrast to the foliage gives the opportunity to observe the physical qualities of nearby plants, illuminated through formal and material differences. Made of brass, and finished by hand to a matte sheen that ages to a warm brown, the sculpture darkens and the passing of time is evident as the surrounding plants and the inorganic structure become one.

The artwork is on display from October 2018 to June 2019 and is located outside the Visitor Information Centre.

Previous installations

The previous 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. The spheres rest on individual plinths of rough aggregate which in turn rest on The Platform.

The artwork will be relocated in to the BBGMC in the coming weeks.

Expressions of interest

Council invited expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified artists to create a site responsive artwork on The Platform.

The national EOI for the third Platform artwork was held in October 2018.

Key dates

This table display the key dates for the Platform EOI.
1 October 2018EOI release date
26 October 2018EOI due date
19 November - 21 January 2019Concept design dates
February 2019Commission date
June 2019Artwork installation
June 2019 - June 2020Platform exhibition dates
June 2020 - ongoingGardens exhibition dates

More information

For more information phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Last updated:7 May 2019