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Published February 19th 2021
Brisbane is rich in public art and the best way to discover sculptures, paintings and graffiti is by walking on the footpaths and in the secret lanes in town.
This walk features:
Gestation, by Baile Oakes, 1988, Queen Mall, Brisbane.
Dialogue, by Cezary Stulgis, 2004, outside Macarthur Chambers on Queen Street. Gifts, by Rhyl Hinwood, 1998, 515 Queen Street, in front of Marriott Hotel. If Only You Knew, by Frank and Mimi, 2017, Arch Lane, Brisbane. Felix, by Terry Summer. The Connection, by Dylan Darra, 133 Mary Street, Brisbane. Cross River Rail, different Artists.
Gestation, by Baile Oakes, 1988, Queen Mall.
The sculpture was commissioned for World Expo '88, created by Baile Oakes in Seattle and flown to Brisbane. The sculpture can be admired at the beginning of Queen Mall, at the intersection with George Street.
Children have lots of fun to get in and out of the sculpture!
The large spiral represents the world, in balance with nature.
It has become a landmark at the top of the mall. At sunset, the golden sculpture catches the sunlight which becomes shiny and it highlighted a nice day out walking in Brisbane.
Gestation at sunset, Photo by Author.
Dialogue, by Cezary Stulgis, 2004, outside Macarthur Chambers on Queen Street.
Seated on a wall in front of the Macarthur Chambers there are two sculptures, a man and a woman. The two figures are seated opposite each other, with expressions and poses that clearly define an interaction between the couple.
Commissioned in 2004, this is certainly a great artwork of Cezary Stulgis. In the city there is another artwork by the same artist, it called the Overseer.
Dialogue, by Cezary Stulgis. Photo by Author
Dialogue, by Cezary Stulgis. Photo by Author
Gifts, by Rhyl Hinwood, 1998, 515 Queen Street.
Outside the Marriott Hotel at 515 Queen Street is the sculpture known as Gifts.
The two sculptures represent two children, a boy and a girl. Originally it was a fountain but the prolonged drought and water restrictions forced the fountain area to be been filled up with plants.
There is a plaque beside the artwork:
'I will bring you love', said the young lover,
'A glad light to dance in your dark eye.
Pendants I will bring of the white bone,
And gay parrot feathers to deck your hair.'
But she only shook her head.
'I will put a child in your arms,' he said,
'Will be a great headman, great rain-maker,
I will make remembered songs about you
That all the tribes in all the wandering camps
Will sing forever.'
But she was not impressed.
'I will bring you the still moonlight on the lagoon,
And steal for you the singing of all the birds;
I will bring down the stars of heaven to you,
And put the bright rainbow in your hand.'
If Only You Knew, by Frank and Mimi, 2017, Arch Lane.
Frank and Mimi transport on the wall of Arch Lane what lies underneath the seas. The stunning corals, the marine life, an entire ecosystem called the Great Barrier Reef.
Climate change, overpopulation, pollution are constant threats to oceans reefs and marine life.
Ocean activist Sylvia Earle shared the documentary Mission blue. "If only you knew…if only you knew what beauty lies beneath", which is the inner message in this artwork.
It is paramount to act to preserve our seas and our marine life in order to maintain our planet healthy and sustain lives.
Arch Lane is sort of hidden away, it has been delightful to explore this secretive part of Brisbane City.
If Only You Knew, by Frank and Mimi. You can see this artwork in Arch Lane. Photo by author.
There is a tall sculpture that takes the name from where it is located, Felix, in Felix Street. Felix is busy on the phone, talking away and gesturing with his free hand, leaning against a corner column at the intersection of Mary St. and Felix St.
The first time I saw the sculpture I thought it was half man and half fish. The medieval chainmail coat looked more like fish scales to me.
Felix, happily talking away on his phone. Photo by Author.
The Connection, by Dylan Sarra, 133 Mary St, Brisbane.
At 133 Mary Street, there is an incredible painting on the wall: it represents a tender moment between an emu and a small child and in the background is a beautiful sunset.
There is a plaque near the artwork:
'Take a minute to understand the potential of this moment for the rest of this child's life. Imagine the child's parents looking on and watching carefully over this precious interaction. A sense of learning and connection set against our beautiful Queensland sunset'.
"The connection is a site responsive piece designed to draw a passerby in with its bold and colourful subject.
The audience can either enjoy it for what it is, or they can take time to reflect about the place they are standing and get a sense of indigenous occupation long before the first brick was even laid on this site.
The connection by Dylan Sarra is at 133 Mery Street, Brisbane. Photo by Author.