You could easily spend an afternoon or a day exploring each of Brisbane City Council's 3 Public Art Trails - Contemporary Art and Architecture Public Art Trail, Cultural Heritage Public Art Trail and The Art and The River Public Art Trail. These walking trails focus on designated themes and are clearly marked on their own individual maps. You can download the map details here and I will give a brief overview of each one below.
Confluence by Dave Templeman, Brisbane Magistrates Court
There are 16 unique art pieces along this inner city trail, which begins at Evolution Apartments, North Quay and ends at the southern end of Albert Street. Each piece is located within a private development (down building alleyways, internal foyers or exterior facades) and is integrated somehow into the building design. From eyes to seed pods, this public art trail is at times quite whimsical and others heavy with meaning - definitely worth a wander.
Follow this public art trail over 1.3 kilometers from King George Square to Anzac Square to Post Office Square and winding up at St Stephen's Cathedral. Along the way, there are 20 artworks from which you will learn many things about Brisbane's history, especially the early days. This more sombre and serious trail shines light on some things you might walk past every single day to work.
Lions by E.F. Kohler, R. Summerhayes and E.S. Taylor, King George Square
This 2.4 kilometre trail can be taken on foot or by bicycle, as it follows the riverside bike tracks. There are 12 artworks to be viewed beginning at Brisbane Maritime Museum and ending at Thornton Street Ferry Terminal, Kangaroo Point, with an optional detour along Kangaroo Point Cliffs. This Public Art Trail offers a unique and fun perspective on Brisbane city.