Art and the River Public Art Trail

Walk or cycle the Art and the River Public Art Trail - 2.4 kilometre walk that meanders along the Brisbane River's edge on the Kangaroo Point boardwalk. The walk begins at the Maritime Museum, South Bank and ends at the Thornton Street ferry terminal, after taking a detour to the top of the cliffs at Kangaroo Point Park. The trail is divided into three sections:

  • section 1 - starts on the Kangaroo Point boardwalk at the Maritime Museum and extends to the Riverlife Adventure Centre
  • section 2 - starts near the the Riverlife Adventure Centre and ends at Thornton Street ferry terminal
  • section 3 - on top of the cliffs at the newly built Kangaroo Point Park.

Visit CityCycle for information on how to hire a bike and explore Brisbane's cultural heart.

Download the public art trail map brochure in your preferred format:

Art and the River Public Art Trail online map and table

Select an icon to read about about each artwork in the public art trail and to view a thumbnail image. Select the thumbnail image to view a larger image.

As an alternative to the online map and brochure, you can view the table for artwork and location information.

You can view all artworks in this trail in the 'Art and the River 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.

Table of artworks in the Art on the River Public Art Trail
NumberTitleArtistLocationDescriptionMaterialsInstallation date
1.The Man & Matter Series and World Expo '88 Peter D ColeKangaroo Point Boardwalk, South BankThis sculptural series was one of the works commissioned by Expo '88.Painted mild steel 1992
2.Biomechancial Pelicans Christopher Trotter Brisbane River pylon, near Captain Cook BridgeTwo stylised pelicans that sit upon a river pylon, near the Captain Cook Bridge.Found metal and concrete pedestal1995
3.Sunflower MobileJonathon ColemanKangaroo Point Cliffs, Kangaroo Point, below St Vincents Hospital BrisbaneThis large sunflower draws energy from its solar powered panels.Stainless steel, shinkolite sheet1995
4.Reflections at MiddayJandy PannelKangaroo Point Cliffs, Kangaroo Point, below St Vincents Hospital BrisbaneA sundial embellised with astrological symbols and text wrapping around its circumference.Outer circle cast in bronze, stars in glass, set in concrete base1995
5.Fish FossilChristopher TrotterKangaroo Point Cliffs, Kangaroo Point, below St Vincents Hospital BrisbaneThe artwork, Fish Fossil, evolved from an interest in what lay beneath the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and the element of discovery.Found metal and cast concrete1995
6.Geerbaugh's MiddenRon HurleyKangaroo Point Cliffs, Kangaroo Point, below St Vincents Hospital BrisbaneThis artwork is a celebration of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs by the Rainbow Serpent and is inspired by conversations with an old man by the name of Geerbaugh.Ironbark poles with cast aluminium1995
7.Flickering Wind GeneratorJonathon ColemanKangaroo Point Cliffs, Kangaroo Point, below St Vincents Hospital BrisbaneThis is an installation about sustainability. The rotor blades of this piece turn in the wind and convert wind energy into electrical energy through a series of electromagnetic charges.Painted steel, shinkolite, solar panels1995
8.Crossover GuardiansMona RyderNear Thornton Street, Kangaroo PointThese sculptures act as guardians or beacons over the river and the ferry.Painted steel1995
9.Venus RisingWolfgang ButtressKangaroo Point Park, Main Street, near The Cliffs Café, Kangaroo PointVenus Rising is a 23 metre, polished, stainless steel structure that radiates silver or deep gold depending on the intensity or position of the sun.Stainless steel2011
10.Seven Versions of the SunDaniel BoydKangaroo Point Park, Main Street, Kangaroo PointThis is a series of seven viewing platforms or arbours along the main promenade adjacent to the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.Electroplated aluminium plate2010
11.WormholesAlexander KnoxKangaroo Point Park, Main Street, Kangaroo PointWormholes is a compilation of fun, boldly striped, wormlike fantasy creatures that feature a soundscape of people and events from years gone by.Mild steel, coated in an acrylic urethane enamel paint2009
12.The Green Room and AfforestNicole Voevodin-CashKangaroo Point Park, Main Street, Kangaroo PointThis artwork is a direct reference to the theatre where the city is the stage. 2010

 

Last updated:26 April 2019
Topics: public art