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Published September 14th 2020
Where to hunt for Christopher Trotters 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.
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