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Christopher Trotter Sculptures in Brisbane

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Published September 14th 2020
Where to hunt for Christopher Trotter’s imaginative art
The public sculptures of Christopher Trotter are imaginatively created out of metal scraps and discards with some pieces as small as a wing-nut and others as large as a truck. The sculptures can be found as far-flung as Casuarina Beach (NSW) to Footscray (Vic) to Mt Isa (Qld). In Brisbane, though, we have a lot more of Trotter's quirky art in our midst may be due to him being Brisbane-born and currently based in Boonah, 80km south-west of the city. This offers a perfect opportunity for the whole family to go on a hunt for the distinctive sculptures. You can make a day of it on a weekend or during school holidays by walking or cycling around the city fringes and stopping along the river for a picnic lunch.

Around Brisbane city, here are some sculptures to look out for.

Flow (2017) – located outside the Brisbane Jazz Club, 1 Annie Street, Kangaroo Point.

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Flow by Christopher Trotter.


Fish Fossil (1995) – embedded in a concrete wall on the walking path next to Riverlife Adventure Centre, Naval Stores, Kangaroo Point Cliffs Drive, Kangaroo Point.

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Fish Fossil by Christopher Trotter.


Bio-mechanical Pelicans (1995) – located on an old pylon in the Brisbane River under the Captain Cook Bridge.

Bio-Mechanical Pelicans by Christopher Trotter.


Cormorant – look skyward for this one as it is sitting on the roofline of a building in Fish Lane.

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Cormorant by Christopher Trotter.


Steam Fish - Fish Lane.

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Steam Fish at Fish Lane.


City Roos (1999) – George Street, Brisbane CBD.
Frog's Hollow (2000) – on the passageway wall of Port Office Hotel next to the heritage-listed Smellie's Building, lower end of Edward Street.

Beyond the inner city, you can drive around to hunt for others such as:

Bio-mechanical Cat Fish (1994) – Redbank Plaza Shopping Centre
The Crazy Chook Machine (1997) – Railway Parade, Geebung (near the Post Office at the shopping strip).

The Crazy Chook Machine across from Geebung train station.


Dragonfly (1998) – Bunya Lakes Estate
Family Attitude (2000), Oxley Road – Corinda
Attachment (2001), Access Ed – Coorparoo
Stream life - Mayfly (2002), Oxley
Fossil (2006) – Brisbane City Council – Acacia Ridge
Water Born (2006) – Powerhouse, New Farm
Tail Wind (2007) – Griffith University
Early life form fossil (2007) – Alderley
Industrial Growth (2007) – Richlands
Aquatica Botanica (2012) – at the intersection of Wynnum and Riding Roads, Hawthorne

Please post a comment if you do find the exact locations of any of the above sculptures that currently don't have an address mentioned.

Other sculptures that Christopher Trotter was commissioned to create in Queensland include:

2017 "Sonic Bay Buoy" – Karragarra Island
2015 "Tambo Truck" – Tambo
2014 " Blumbergville Clock" town clock – Boonah
2011 "The Great Northern Rail Whistle" – Townsville
2009 "Fire Flame Fossil" – Fire Station Redlands
2009 "Mucker Duck" – Mt Isa City Council
2009 "Rail Rocket" – Ipswich City Council
2008 "Power Pipe" – Fire Station Kippa Ring
2007 "Shelf Life" – Robina Hospital Queensland Health
2007 "Gemini" – Redcliffe Hospital, Queensland Health
2005 "Stagform" – Mackay Botanical Gardens, Mackay
2004 "Tap Root" – Global Arts Link, Ipswich
2004 "Brachychiton Rupestris" – Logan Art Gallery
2003 "Remnants" – Department of Natural Resources Mines - Cloncurry
2003 "Life Forms" – Mackay Botanical Gardens, Mackay
2002 "Mr Brown" – Logan City Council
2001 "Frog Forum" – Gate – Community Health Centre - Goodna
2000 "Roo Joey" and "Rural to Reef" – Bundaberg Hospital
2000 "Hippocampus Whitei" – Seahorse fossil, Tannum Sands
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Why? Fun for the whole family.
When: Weekends, school holidays
Where: Around Brisbane CBD or suburbs
Cost: Free
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i LOVE Chris Trotter and have visited his workshop.
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