City of Lights
Brisbane City Council's City of Lights initiative aims to activate the city, bring people together to celebrate our enviable lifestyle, support small businesses and create a strong local economy.
Lighting and projection outcomes can support events, create a unique identity for Brisbane and introduce elements of surprise and discovery enhancing the city experience for residents and visitors.
Find out about the lighting up of other Council assets including the Story Bridge and Brisbane City Hall.
City of Lights Strategy 2017
Brisbane City Council recognises that in order to deliver a holistic City of Lights, it is essential for property owners and developers to consider creative lighting for buildings and developments.
The City of Lights Strategy 2017 has been developed to assist property owners and the development industry in preparing plans for creative lighting on new developments and existing buildings in Brisbane.
Creative Lighting Grant Scheme
To encourage creative lighting of private properties, Council has developed the City of Lights - Creative Lighting Grant scheme.
The scheme has been developed to financially assist private property owners to deliver creative lighting outcomes for their buildings and assets through monetary grants, and encourage a collaborative city lighting approach to enable more lighting installations to activate the city.
Find out more about the Creative Lighting Grant Scheme.
Lighting up our assets
Decorative lighting has been installed on local assets, such as buildings, bridges and trees to highlight our city and its features, to create an exciting, vibrant city at night.
Find out about the lighting of Council assets including the Story Bridge and Brisbane City Hall.
Brisbane City Council has installed lighting in the locations included in the map and table below.
City of Lights map
City of Lights table
|Auchenflower||Moorlands Park||Bud lighting installed in a prominent fig tree.|
|Brisbane City||City Botanic Gardens domain||Energy efficient LED bud lighting to two fig trees at the City Botanic Gardens domain area adjacent to the Goodwill Bridge. The bud lighting of the expansive tree canopy showcases Brisbane's treasured Botanic Gardens while providing an inviting, vibrant and exciting gateway to the gardens, CBD and South Bank areas. This stunning night time activation enriches the experience for visitors and locals, pedestrians and commuters.|
King George Square
|Programmable colour-changing lighting installed on top of City Hall aimed to wash the King George Square facing façades of the Commonwealth Bank building at 79 Adelaide Street and Hitachi Building at 239 George Street. The colourful façades add to the vibrant atmosphere of King George Square as an engaging night-time destination and exciting event space.|
|Brisbane City||Queen Street||Installation of new wire suspended warm golden festoon lights to the wires suspended over Queen Street between Edward and Creek streets.|
|Brisbane City||Reddacliff Place||15 geodesic spheres ranging in size from 1.3 metres to 2.6 metres in diameter, internally lit with colour changes light. Artwork is Steam by Donna Marcus (2006).|
|Brisbane City||Victoria Bridge||236 economical LED light fittings have been installed under the footpath. These lights can be programmed for variable displays similar to Story Bridge and Brisbane City Hall.|
|Corinda||Corinda Library laneway||
Warm white LED festoon lighting, which are a series of individual lights hanging from a suspended wire, have been installed along the laneway between four poles and the library. The light pole, located in the Corinda Library forecourt garden bed, has also been upgraded to an LED luminaire.
Another creative lighting element, a gobo projector, has been installed near the ramp to the Corinda Library entrance. The projection lighting features designs which reflect the past, flora and fauna and cultural aspects of the area. The gobo designs will be changed periodically.
The Corinda Library building, originally known as the School of Arts was built in 1895. The building was used as a hub for the Corinda community, and refurbished as a library by Brisbane City Council in 1966.
The book designs represent the library as a store of this historic knowledge both literally and figuratively, with important historical dates inscribed on the spines.
The species of plant Gossia Gonoclada known as the Angle-stemmed Myrtle, is a distinctive and endangered species of flora that grows in the Corinda area.
The species is native to only the Moreton Bay Area, and Corinda represents the biggest population of Angle-stemmed Myrtle trees in Brisbane City.
The Corinda area is a floodplain which brings challenges and opportunities. From the fertile lands, to the community spirit to rise above difficult of circumstances, there are two sides to this river.
This design shows the shape of the Oxley Creek catchment and extends to the limits of the geographic flood maps that have had such profound effects upon the area.
The Glossy Black Cockatoo is a native species of the Corinda area and classed as an endangered and vulnerable species. Its distinctive red tail is the inspiration with the red colour indicative of the danger it faces, as well as its own red plumage.
The image of the Black Cockatoo is about to take flight to escape danger, and flourish in a sunset sky as a call-to-action for conservation efforts.
The Corinda sawmill known as 'Brisbane Timbers Ltd.' was founded by David Lahey in 1911 and was an important economic institution in the area. The mills were integral to many significant projects, including the construction of Brisbane's trams.
The patterns represent the way in which raw timber logs are milled, and the building of the surrounding community.
The Corinda area was used as farmland from the mid 1800s through to the mid 1900s.
This design represents the life cycle of corn, a major crop grown in the area. The fertile soil of the area gives rise to the growth of the corn crop in four seasons interspersed with our year-round cycles of rain and sunshine.
Two of the local fish species, Flathead and Tilapia, are represented in this design. The image symbolically captures the intersection of Oxley Creek into the Brisbane River. Tilapia is the most populous fish species of Oxley Creek and Flathead are among the most common in the Brisbane River. Contrast is shown in the intersecting currents of both waterways, with the respective fish framed by their own flow lines between the currents.
This design represents both the historical and modern significance of the train tracks to the Corinda area.
The woodcut style of illustration uses various intersecting patterned forms to contrast the differing materials of steel, wood, and stone.
Five of the six Australian species of glider are found in the Oxley Creek Catchment. This design represents the distinctive folds of skin that are found on the bellies of gliders.
Symbolically, the belly also represents an area of vulnerability and speaks to the need for vigilant conservation and protection of native species in the area.
This design comprises an interwoven pattern from the architraves of the historical Francis Lookout structure known as a ‘lych-gate’. This landmark was erected in 1902 by women’s suffrage activist Angela Francis as a memorial for her family.
The two interwoven lines represent Angela and her husband and fellow activist Arthur, with a clover symbol for each of their five children.
This design shows a view of the grasslands around the Oxley Creek Catchment and the waterway and the fauna therein.
The Black Swan is shown here as a representation of the abundant bird life that populate the area, including over 170 bird species that have been seen in the past including the Spotless Crake, Pale-vented Bush-hen and White-headed Pigeon.
War and Peace
The Corinda Library building, historically known as The Corinda School of Arts, is one of the most significant sites in Corinda. It was a place of community comfort during both World Wars, and the site of peace and memorial celebrations at their end.
The transition from the strife of war to peacetime calm is depicted through the colours, symbols and lines in this design. The central space represents the building as a key place of community gathering and support.
|Fortitude Valley||All Hallows School, Ann Street Gateway project||Energy efficient uplighting of the State heritage listed tuff stone Gatekeepers Lodge/Almonry building facade and the column arched gateway entrance along the Ann Street All Hallows School boundary.|
|Fortitude Valley||Beirne Lane (off Brunswick Street Mall)||
Priscilla Bracks' and Gavin Sade's, You Are My Sunshine, celebrates the area's early 20th-century history as Brisbane's epicentre of fashion, lighting the lane with the elegance and style of an Art Deco sconce and adorning the building like a jewel. Past and present are fused by interactive sensor technology that triggers twinkling light for passers-by.
The artwork's title is derived from the once-popular song of the era. Please don't take my sunshine away hints at the fragility of the cultural heritage embodied in architecture, such as the T. C. Beirne building.
An etching pattern by the artists also features in the laneway. The repeated ground plane pattern is inspired by mosaic and geometric Art Deco tiles.
|Fortitude Valley||Breakfast Creek Road, Ann Street and Wickham Street||Programmable colour-changing up lighting installed at the base of six Queensland Kauri Pines located in the median strip at the intersection of Breakfast Creek Road, Ann Street and Wickham Street. The lighting creates a visually exciting night-time gateway into the Valley entertainment precinct .|
|Fortitude Valley||East Street||Bud lighting in a fig tree at the corner of Ann and East streets to complement bud lights previously installed by a private property owner on the opposite side of East Street.|
Bud lighting in a pine tree and fig tree on the edge of Bowen Park in Herston. The bud lighting creates an ongoing spectacular visual outcome and gateway into the city and Valley along Bowen Bridge Road, while also turning the park into a stunning night time venue. Combined with the recently upgraded band stand, the park is now well-suited as an evening wedding venue.
To enquire about booking Bowen Park phone Council on 07 3403 8888.
|Kangaroo Point||Captain Burke Park||
Bud lighting to the feature fig tree at the end of the main axis pathway at Captain Burke Park in Kangaroo Point. The bud lighting acts as a beacon highlighting the parks landmark peninsula location on the Brisbane River at Kangaroo Point. The spectacular visual outcome contributes to an enchanting night time space and stunning backdrop for celebrations and events. With great views from within the park as well as across the river, the bud lighting of the fig tree contributes to Brisbane as a vibrant and inviting night time destination.
To enquire about booking Captain Burke Park phone Council on 07 3403 8888.
|Kelvin Grove||E.E. McCaskie Oval||
Bud lighting has been installed to a prominent fig tree, located between the open lawn and playground. In addition, there are also lawn and tree canopy projections to compliment the tree bud lighting.The tree canopy projection is on a tree located adjacent to the open lawn (Kelvin Grove Road side). The projected imagery reflects the more significant cultural uses the parkland has seen over its long history. The image also recognises the oval’s history as a sports venue, the parks contribution to amateur cycling, as well as paying tribute to the oval’s association with travelling circus companies. The lawn projection is located directly underneath the tree canopy projection, and the projection references the form of a velodrome. The oval was extensively developed as an amateur cycling track in the 1950s and was officially renamed E. E. McCaskie Oval after the father of amateur cycling in Queensland.
|Kenmore||Kenmore Gateway, Moggill Road||Energy efficient uplighting to three Hill's fig trees in the road reserve area, corner Moggill Road and Marshall Lane.|
|Milton||Cribb Street, corner of Milton Road||
Projected artworks feature on the two walls of the Cribb Street walkway underpass at Milton.
The lighting projections animate these local spaces with a programme of changing artwork lighting projections, celebrating local character and creating a new dimension to the city experience.
The artists, Sam Cranstoun and Simon Degroot, have created a series of artworks that are shown as a complimentary pair on each opposing wall, with the artworks to be changed every six months.
Simon Degroot’s Between Spaces 1 and Between Spaces 2.
Simon is a Brisbane artist and his work has a particular emphasis on details from the built environment, and translation of these forms, affording new meaning. Between Spaces are designed to highlight the way local identity and a sense of place is closely related to the built environment, observing details from buildings, patterned treatments of surfaces, and fine grain details in and around Milton. Abstracted shapes overlap design details and patterns and the images encourage recognition and familiarity.
Catenary lighting with copper shades has been installed, which are a series of individual lights hanging from a single suspended wire. The laneway light pole has also been upgraded to an LED luminaire.
Two illuminated artworks are installed on the Bothwell Link laneway wall.
Courtney Coombs artwork, The magic lies in the spaces between, responds to the vibrant, multicultural community of Mount Gravatt, celebrating difference, embracing the unknown and seeing the spaces between us for the magic they can create.
Two gobo lights project historical images of the local Mount Gravatt area onto the laneway wall and footpath. Both gobo designs will change periodically.
Early settlement to modern Mount Gravatt
Mount Gravatt was named after Lieutenant George Gravatt, commander of the Moreton Bay Settlement in 1839. This design features the symbol of a wheel taken from the horse and cart used by early settlers to transport goods. The smaller rectangles represent the eventual development of the original farming land into residential land. The design represents change within Mount Gravatt and the development of both the local industry and community.
Mount Gravatt Lookout
Mount Gravatt Lookout has always been a popular attraction to visitors and residents of the area and this design is an illustration of that view. Organic forms represent the clouds and sky which sits above a structured row of rectangular shapes and interpretation of the CBD and surrounding urban areas. The bottom layer is filled with a leaf pattern representing the eucalypt forests of the surrounding reserve.
Golden Grevilleas, Native Flora reflects a variety of the native grevillea species, including Honey Gem and Gold Cluster, found in the Toohey Forest Park and Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve. This design features a motif of the grevillea flower as a symbol of the native flora which contributes to the beauty of the surrounding landscape, helping to attract birds, native bees and butterflies to the area.
Place of Echidnas
Often sighted around dawn and dusk, the Short Beaked Echidna is one of Mount Gravatt's most notable residents. This design features the prints of an echidna's hind claws. The surrounding lines display the characteristic marks of an echidna's walking pattern, created by the hind claws as it slowly passes by.
Originally used as a transport route to move cattle and sheep, Slacks Track was named after an early settler, William Slack. As more settlers moved to the area, the track became utilised as the main thoroughfare for transportation. The dotted line across the centre represents Logan Road from a bird's eye view and pays homage to its history as a crucial transportation route.
Sounds of the suburbs
With an abundance of natural beauty in the area, Mount Gravatt attracts many visitors looking to enjoy the outdoors. Popular outdoor activities in the area include bushwalking, hiking, bike riding and bird watching. This design represents the sounds of the landscape. The link merges the texture of the feathers of the blue-winged kookaburra, the feathers of the magpie and the fine lines of the cicada wings.
The Mount Gravatt Showgrounds and Memorial Hall were built in 1918 and remains an important centre for cultural and community activities. On the grounds surrounding the hall, there are many Jacaranda trees. The seeds of the trees have been incorporated into this design to represent growth and solidarity. Preserving the history of the area, through an understanding and celebration of the past, allows the local community of Mount Gravatt to prosper.
Millions of years in the making
Millions of years in the making was inspired by the textural detail of the bands of quartzite which can be seen along many rock faces in Mount Gravatt. This design celebrates the ancient history of the land on which we walk and the natural forces that have shaped the landscape. The topography of Mount Gravatt was also an inspiration for this design.
Newstead Park, located at a visually important peninsular at the mouth of Breakfast Creek and on a bend in the Brisbane River, is a State Heritage-listed park and acts as grounds for Brisbane’s oldest surviving house, Newstead House. Features permanent programmable colour changing LED lighting to the main fig at the entry to Newstead House and the two mature trees that flank it. Newstead House is lit in warm white, enhancing the heritage features of the house while projection lighting on the lawn features designs created specifically to reflect qualities of the park and house. The creative lighting provides a vibrant and festive park atmosphere for residents to enjoy; providing a night time presence that celebrates Newstead Park and its importance.
Nundah Gateway, Nundah Village
Energy-efficient uplighting to two Poinciana trees within the Woods Reserve, Sandgate Road, Nundah.
Sandgate Gateway, Rainbow Street
Energy-efficient bud lighting to two Ficus Benjamina trees in the road reserve area, on the corner of Rainbow Street and Bowser Parade.
Stones Corner Library
Energy-efficient LED bud lighting to the expansive canopy of the fig tree in the Stones Corner Library forecourt, as well as an upgrade of the furniture and garden bed adjacent to the heritage-listed air raid shelter. Bud lighting of this landmark tree creates a memorable creative lighting landscape feature through lighting for identity, and further provides an attractive gateway to Stones Corner.
Installation of lighting to the State Heritage listed commemorative war memorial pavilion and adjacent fig tree canopy up lighting. Additionally, energy efficient LED bud lighting to a feature fig tree in Clark Park.
Wynnum West roundabout
Bud lighting of ten prominent Phoenix canariensis palm trees in the middle of the Preston and Wondall roads roundabout.
Further lighting projects are currently being investigated across the city.