From larger-than-life suburban murals to mini masterpieces hidden down one of Brisbane's vibrant laneways – street art culture is alive and #thriving in Brisbane.
Brissy boasts public art that’s sure to add some serious cred to your Instagram feed. Here’s our list of the top spots to help you get snapping.
The bigger, the better
Big, bold and beautiful - there's no missing these works of art. Adorning buildings, pillars and bridges, Brisbane Canvas murals are the perfect starting point for a vibrant photo walk.
For pastel dreams
If pastel is your thing, then Elliott Routledge's Ebb & Flow has you covered. You'll find the blue geometric mural sprawled across a retaining wall along Breakfast Creek Road, Bowen Hills.
Thirawut Bunyasakeri's purple Bollywood-inspired masterpiece is another must-see, nestled next to an overpass on Wynnum Road. Morningside.
For portrait enthusiasts
Adam Busby's Portrait of a Dynamic Future gives us mirrored faces on the walls of Rokeby Terrace overpass on Walker Street Taringa.
For the wordsmiths
Want to say it with words? Check out David Sargent's iconic Lost & Found in Teneriffe, which plays with contrast in colour and typography to reflect the area's history.
Take Me Away to Bring Me Home by Kyle Jenkins is a ray of colour encasing either side of a rail bridge on Jack Flynn Memorial Drive, Morningside.
If you feel like spreading a positive message (while paying homage to the plants and animals of Red Hill), Sophie Mary Mac's mural, You're an Incredible Combination of Things, is sure to put a smile on your face.
After dark highlights
When the sun goes down,Brisbane’s street art scene lights up, literally! Seek the company of night owls to discover artworks that shine.
Have you noticed the light boxes along Fish, Hutton and Eagle lanes and King George Square? The frames are part of Council’s Outdoor Gallery, which you’ll find scattered across the city centre. Click a pic to make the moment last, as exhibitions in these lightboxes refresh regularly.
Walk, ride or drive down the revitalised Kingsford Smith Drive for a surreal after-dark experience. Kenji Uranishi’s Magnificent Flying Machines (part of the Kingsford Smith Drive Public Art Trail) provide a larger-than-life pop of colour along the stunning river backdrop. Perfect for a sunset selfie with a difference!
Check out the spectacular projections (part of the current Outdoor Gallery exhibition) on the rockface of Howard Smith Wharves. To keep your evening lights theme shining, look for the nearby bud lighting featured in the fig trees at City Botanic Gardens domain area (adjacent to the Goodwill Bridge) and Captain Burke Park.
Art with heart
Our city’s brilliant street art doesn’t just make for a super snap – their meanings can be just as intriguing. Be sure to include these on your list if you’re going for photos with depth.
Flood is an unmissable tribute to Brisbane’s 2011 flood. Created by internationally-renowned artist, Fintan Magee, whose work raises environmental and social awareness, you’ll spot Flood on a bridge pillar on the corner of Montague Road and Merivale Street, South Brisbane.
It’s more of a garden path than a street, but the artworks within Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha are certainly snap-worthy! Wander past garden sculptures on your way to discover The Platform’s latest installment Roots by Hiromi Tango, created using more than 70 individual bronze castings to explore our connection to place and culture.
Out of the box
Think traffic signal boxes are more snooze-worthy than snap-worthy? Think again! Artforce Brisbane transforms bland boxes into mini masterpieces. Keep your eyes peeled, because with more than 1300 of them across the city, you’re bound to come across one or more of these artworks on your next Insta adventure.
Does your creativity go beyond the social lens? You don’t need to be Banksy to apply to paint a traffic signal box yourself – with these community artworks regularly refreshing, it’s a fun way to add your point of view to your ‘hood.
Painting village life
Venture into village precincts for suburban artwork that celebrates local values, identity, and beauty.
These are some of top suburban art picks.
- Jindalee - Drapl's Summer Splash is a life-like lorikeet zooming along the side of the Foodworks on Curragundi Road.
- Gaythorne - Emily Devers' Still Life: Poppies is sprawled across rail bridge pillars on Pickering Street.
- Aspley - You'll find James Alley's brightly coloured Subliminal Landscapes covering an electrical substation on Gayford Street.
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This blog was first published in September 2020 and was updated in December 2020.