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Christopher Trotter Art Walk in Brisbane

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Published February 9th 2021
You can make it out a great walk in Brisbane City hunting for Christopher Trotter sculptures. Walk with a friend, with your family or in a group! You are in for a journey of discovery and in pursuit of the works of an artist who inject life in old scrap metal and in old machines.

Brisbane is blessed with many works of art of Mr Trotter, you can find them in many parts of the City if you look carefully and mindfully around you.

Put on comfortable shoes, carry a bottle of water with you, wear a hat and sun-protective clothes. This walk is also beautiful in the late afternoon or in the evening.

City Roos

I came across the sculptures of Christopher Trotter many years ago when I saw The City Roos in George Street, Brisbane City. I was completely entranced by the kangaroos, made up of different metallic parts brilliantly and skilfully put together to create meaningful sculptures.

The bits and pieces of metals borrowed from old machines have been worked, bent and put together to create the iconic Australian kangaroos as beautiful sculptures. Not just that, but the metals have been shaped and connected to expresses completely realistic poses and emotions of the macropods.

One of the kangaroos is peacefully lying down on the bench.

City Roos by Christopher Trotter
The Roos is incredibly well made in all the details. Photo by Author.



Other kangaroos are nearby eating and minding their business.

City Roos
City Roos, courtesy from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Trotter



City Roos are in front of a building in 239 George Street, Brisbane City.


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This beautiful mechanic female roo has on her back a jet engine-like device, watching over the stars, Photo by the Author.



The area where Brisbane is situated was originally bush area, with creeks flowing in a clear and clean river, with native flora and fauna. Lots of nature was brushed away or pushed away to give space to the Brisbane City. Trotter's Kangaroo in Brisbane City are there to highlight the importance to share the spaces, where human and nature have to coexist to maintain a balance.

The design concept was based on sharing space with our natives and the conservation of our natural resources.

Walk in Brisbane City Christopher Trotter, City Roos
Commissioned by BCC as part of the George St Redevelopment Displayed at Australian Pavilion World Expo –Shanghai, The City Roos were made in 1999. Photo by Author.

"Historical records indicate that Aborigines shared their resources with the Colonials upon first settlement. However, over time, the Colonials didn't share their resources with the Aborigines. The Aborigines started pilfering the Colonials supplies and this eventually lead to the Aborigines being banned from the city.

To represent the importance of sharing, plus other environmental issues where humans struggle to share space with the natives, I chose to create a work based on the form of a group of kangaroos relaxing in the city.

They are comfortable and taking advantage of the facilities. One 'Roo' is reclining on a park bench, while another waits patiently for beside a drinking fountain.

The arrangement of the Roos makes for many ideal photo opportunities of sharing space with natives." (from www.trotter.com.au/trotter/City_Roos.html)





Steam Fish and Cormorant.

Among the diverse array of restaurants, bars, cafés and neon display of Fish Lane, there are Steam Fish and Cormorant sculptures.

Steam Fish is a work of art which appears coming out from a Dr Seuss Book! It was made in 2013 and the plaque reports: "Fish Lane is named after a man and not a fish. George Fish owned the very successful 'Fish Steam Laundry' on this site in the 1940s. Like the man, this ambiguous high-pressure fishy vessel is not a fish."


The mechanical art of Mr Trotter is very distinctive! In particular, Fish Steam remind me Steam Punk style, that blend perfectly here in Fish Lane. Photo by Author.



Cormorant.

Towards the tail end of Fish Lane, the Cormorant is sitting high on a building. The Cormorant is made of recycled material and it is a great piece of art to view in any stage of the day and night.

Walk in Brisbane City Christopher Trotter, Cormorant Walk in Kangaroo Point
The Cormorant in Fish Lane reflects the creativity of Mr Trotter, his respect for nature and the importance of making something new from something old. Photo courtesy of explorefishlane.com.au/arts/cormorant/


The sinuous and elegant cormorant against the sky is calling for nature.


Biomechanical Pelicans.

Heading to Southbank and walking onto The Cliffs Boardwalk, you can admire Biomechanical Pelicans. Two stylised pelicans are standing on an old pylon in the Brisbane River, just before Captain Cook Bridge. The Biomechanical Pelicans are very impressive, you can't miss them!

Mr Trotter's message of nature and environment exudates from the metallic bodies of The Biomechanical Pelicans. These works of art are built from recycled metals, reiterating the importance of recycling.

Walk in Brisbane City Christopher Trotter, Biomechanical Pelicans Brisbane River Walk
Biomechanical Pelicans, photo courtesy commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2._Biomechanical_Pelicans_(Section_A)_(8282753030).jpg

"The Pelicans reference the time when our waterways were healthy. The element of recycling in my work is important to me and helps promote the concept of creative solutions to future generations". Year 1994.

The silhouettes of the Biomechanical Pelican, in a Brisbane winter, Photo by Author.

Personally, The Biomechanical Pelicans reminds me of a science fiction novel by Philip K Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. In the novel, lots of animals has disappeared from planet Earth as a consequence of a nuclear global war. Humans can't afford the very expensive real animals and they have to resource to mechanical engineered robots as pets.


Fish Fossil.

Located at Kangaroo Point on the Boardwalk, Kangaroo Point, just before the Riverlife Adventure Centre, is Fish Fossil. Constructed with scrapped metal, the work of art it is on cast concrete, it was commissioned in 1994.

Walk in Brisbane City Christopher Trotter, Fish Fossil Walk Brisbane River Walk Kangaroo Point
Fish Fossil represents the curiosity in what lay beneath Kangaroo Point Cliffs and the element of discovery. Photo by Author.



Flow

Keep walking on the Cliffs Boardwalk along the Kangaroo Cliffs, just before Holman Street Ferry Terminal is Flow. This creative piece of art is from the series Growth.

Flow is located nearby the Brisbane Jazz Club. It is a sculpture that stands out being tall, with many convolutions projecting into the sky, like a creature gently unfolding and aiming to freedom. This piece of art was commissioned in 2017.

Walk in Brisbane City Christopher Trotter, Flow Walk Brisbane River Walk Kangaroo Point
A beautiful silhouette in the Brisbane sky. Photo by Author.


Flow is at 1 Annie St, Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169.

Frogs Hollow.

In convict days Edward Street in Brisbane City was part of a swampy area full of mosquitos, cheap houses that would be flooded during storms and where originated the first Chinatown. The area was called Frogs Hollow!

The neighbourhood was generally considered as being between George Street down to Edward Street and between Elizabeth Street to Alice Street. A creek was flowing through Frogs Hollow and running into the Brisbane River, near the intersection of Alice Street and Edward Street.

Back then, there was a plank of wood that allowed the convicts to cross the creek and reach the farm that is now the Brisbane Botanic Garden. That was a sort of bridge! Frogs Hollow was a poor and rough area, with criminal activities and disadvantaged people. Then Frogs Hollow was drained and cleaned up, businesses moved in and the area improved and changed.

The creek is now not visible but still, it flows into the Brisbane River and the location of the bridge is marked by a modern sculpture created by Christopher Trotter in 2000, as a part of his series on nature.

Mr Trotter used old metallic tractor seats to make leaves, lots of bolts to make frogs and metallic pipes to make reeds. Like many other pieces of arts, the frogs are capable of expressing feelings and they seem happy!

The work of art is very significant and marks a bygone era.

Walk in Brisbane City Christopher Trotter, Frogs Hollow Historical meaning Walk Brisbane River Walk Kangaroo Point
Mr Trotter has recreated a pond. Photo courtesy of www.yourbrisbanepastandpresent.com/2016/04/frogs-hollow-brisbane-cbd.htmlwith frogs and vegetation where once there was real water in a poor area of Brisbane. Photo from


You can admire the work of art Frogs Hollow between the Port Office Hotel, 40 Edward Street and Smellies Building. Probably you have walked pass Frogs Hollow many times but you were not aware of this treasure hidden in the little lane.


Mr Trotter's statement: "My passion is to source and join unrelated objects in a manner that appears perfectly plausible.

I like to create new forms that look like they existed in a fictitious reality from either past or present, both living or dead.

This is achieved through exploring materials both natural and man-made, then matching their apparent weathered condition and their ability to connect.

I perceive the found objects I use as very special. They still have great form, patina, life and energy.

Inherent connections can also be made between unrelated shapes I use. References to 'form follows function' are sometimes observed." (From www.trotter.com.au/trotter/artist_statement.html).




Christopher Trotter is an Australian sculptor who makes unique works of art from discarded metals. Mr Trotter lives in Boonah, in the beautiful Scenic Rim, where he enjoys the local natural wonders and a coffee in Boonah with friends.

Mr Trotter has been creating public works for Governments, Councils, Universities and Developers since 1994.

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Christopher Trotter, photo courtesy of www.visitscenicrim.com.au/meet-locals-christopher-trotter/
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Thanks Cris. i'm a big fan of Christopher's work.
by May Cross (score: 3|7794) 1 day ago
Thanks Cris. i'm a big fan of Christopher's work.
by May Cross (score: 3|7794) 1 day ago
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