Public art programs, add a dash of colour and a splash of excitement to drab city streets - and there's no better example of this than the Sunny Side Up exhibition in Brisbane's CBD and surrounding areas.
From oversized jacaranda flowers enclosed in main street vitrines through to dreamy underwater-like sequences displayed on back lane banners, and much more, this open-air gallery has captured the eyes, interest and imaginations of passersby.
Kinly Grey with their work created in the waters off North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah). Author image.
Kinly Grey's digital artwork is on display in the Museum of Brisbane and projected at a larger scale at the Howard Street Wharves. It was inspired by the artist's exploration of the horizon, and the footage was captured with a mouth-held camera in the waters off North Stradbroke Island. 'The horizon that I see, at any point in time, is never the same as one that anyone else is seeing,' Grey says. 'I thought that was really beautiful, that everyone's horizon is ... their own, and always changing.'
Julia Scott Green's ethereal works enliven Irish Lane. Author image.
Other exhibiting artists include Julia Scott Green whose surreal banners take pride of place in Irish Lane, and Charlie Hillhouse whose photographic portraits of trees are displayed inside the King George Square underground carpark, in an ironic nod to the line in Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi: 'They took all the trees ... Put 'em in a tree museum'.
There are a range of talks and walking tours available for those who want to deepen their appreciation of the artists and works featured as part of this open-air gallery. Sunny Side Up is curated by Sarah Thomson and Alex Holt and runs until 18 April 2021.
Charlie Hillhouse offers an ode to Brisbane's trees. Author image.