Cultural Heritage Public Art Trail

The Cultural Heritage Trail is a 1.3 kilometre walk through the city's historic plazas and squares, with a focus on artworks and memorials that commemorate Brisbane's history. The trail commences at King George Square and finishes at St Stephen's Cathedral on Elizabeth Street. It is a mix of historic, heritage-listed and contemporary artworks and monuments, each contributing to Brisbane's story. 

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

Cultural Heritage 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 'Cultural Heritage 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.

This table provides information about the artworks along the Cultutal Heritage Public Art Trail including number, title, location, artist, description, materials and installation date.
NumberTitleLocationArtistDescriptionMaterialsInstallation date
1The progress of civilisation in the State of QueenslandCity Hall, King George SquareDaphne MayoThe central figure in the classic design is robed to represent the state who sends her explorers, industrialists and artists throughout the land. The displaced Aboriginal people are depicted as fleeing.Sandstone1930
2Speakers Corner: Emma Miller, Sire Charles Lilley, Steele RuddKing George SquareArtbustersSpeakers Corner depicts three important figures in Queensland's history - Emma Miller, Sir Charles Lilley and Steele Rudd.Bronze1993
3King George V memorialKing George SquareE.F. Kohler, R. Summerhayes and E.S. TaylorThe design of the King George V bronze equestrian statue with its two lions, was the result of an Australian wide competition.Bronze1938
4LionsKing George SquareE.F. Kohler, R. Summerhayes and E.S. TaylorThe lions are of the type described as 'lion couchant', lying down with the head raised. The lion is a common symbol in heraldry and is particularly prominent in British heraldry.Bronze1938
5Petrie TableauKing George SquareStephen WalkerThe Petrie Tableau was commissioned and created as a way to acknowledgethe pioneer families of Brisbane.Bronze1988
6Resilience – women’s suffrage memorialEmma Miller PlaceCida de Aragon in collaboration with Steffen LehmannThis abstract work graphically describes the quest to be recognised as equal. It was installed in 2007 in recognition of the 100 year anniversary of women’s right to vote in Queensland.Concrete, metal and glass2007-2008
7Queensland women’s war memorialAnzac Square, the western wallDaphne MayoThe Women’s War Memorial depicts a solemn procession of the infantry and their horse-drawn guns, beautifully carved in Helidon sandstone.Helidon Sandstone1932
8Vietnam war 1962-1973Anzac SquareDorothea SaaghyThe sculpture depicts an act of mercy performed many times during the Vietnam War - an Australian soldier directing a medical helicopter to descend and tend to his wounded mate.Bronze1988
9Korea - Malaya - Borneo - 1948-1966 memorialAnzac SquareRhyl HinwoodThis memorial depicts an Australian soldier from the Malaya and Borneo wars standing alongside an Australian soldier from the Korean Campaign, with an arm outstretched welcoming peace and friendship.Bronze figures, granite plinth1966
10South West Pacific campaign memorialAnzac SquareArtbustersThe memorial is a tribute from Brisbane City Council to those soldiers who fought at Milne Bay and in the Kokoda Campaigns and was unveiled during the 50th anniversary year. Bronze figures, granite plinth with mosaic and brass infill1992
11World War II memorialAnzac SquareArtbustersThe memorial depicts a wounded Australian soldier being assisted by a nursing sister - a scene typical of all theatres of war and exemplifying the involvement of all Australian servicemen and women in World War II.Bronze figures, granite plinth, mosaic and bronze inlays1992
12The South African War memorialAnzac SquareJames WattsThe memorial featuring a Boer War soldier on horseback was first erected in Turbot Street below King Edward Park in 1919 and moved to Anzac Square in 1938/39.Bronze, sandstone pedestal1919
13Major General Sir William GlasgowPost Office SquareDaphne Mayo This naturalistic bronze figure depicts one of Queensland’s most distinguished First World War officers. Major General Sir William Glasgow served in Egypt and Gallipoli with the Australian Light Horse Regiment.Bronze with marble plinth1966
14The bankerPost Office SquareLeonard ShillamAccording to Judith McKay’s Brisbane Sculpture Guide: A Walk Around Public Sculpture in the City “The Doric columns and entablature over the money-changer refer to the stability and antiquity of banking”.Cast aluminimum1970
15Former CML building sculpturesThe Manor Apartments (former CML Building) facade, 289-291 Queen Street LJ Harvey (Sculptor)The former Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society (CML) building was opened in 1931. It is one of Brisbane’s finest examples of Art Deco architecture. Gargoyles, lions, friezes, shields and Romanesque detailing were included in the design to embellish the front of the building.Benedict stone1930-1931
16Strength, plenty, production and growthCorner Edward and Queen Streets, MacArthur Chambers (former AMP Building) L.J Harvey (created scale model), Fred Gowan (carved sculpture)One of the building’s features is the sculpture located above the portico. The sculpture by Fred Gowan is made from Sicilian marble and is said to represent ‘strength, plenty, production and growth.’Sicilian marble1934
17Paw Paw and Mango tree relief panelsGeneral Post Office, Elizabeth StreetLJ HarveyThe paw paw and mango tree relief panels, designed by Louis J Harvey, are considered to be reflective of the Arts and Crafts movement that occurred at the turn of the century. Helidon Sandstone1909
18Bishop Quinn249 Elizabeth St, old St Stephen’s School Archille SimonettiThis sculpture by Achille Simonetti commemorates Bishop Quinn, Brisbane’s first Catholic Bishop.Marble1892
19River of stone249 Elizabeth Street, St Stephen’s CathedralRhyl Hinwood (stone carving), Scott Harrower (mosaic inlays)The work provides a narrative for the cathedral’s patron, St Stephen. Words from the Bible’s Acts of the Apostles have been selectively carved into the stone.Sandstone, relief and mosaic2005
20Empire stakesSt Stephen’s CathedralJudy WatsonEmpire Stakes is a sculpture by Aboriginal artist, Judy Watson. The series of stakes represent the original ironbark posts that were placed one square mile from Brisbane’s settlement in 1852. Ironbark and steel plates2003


Last updated:26 April 2019
Topics: public art