Adorning buildings, pillars and bridges, Brisbane Canvas murals are the perfect starting point for a vibrant photo walk! Get the family together and discover everything from larger-than-life suburban murals to mini-masterpieces hidden down one of Brisbane's vibrant laneways!
Elliott Routledge's Ebb & Flow is a blue geometric mural sprawled across a retaining wall along Breakfast Creek Road in Bowen Hills. Thirawut Bunyasakeri's purple Bollywood-inspired masterpiece is another must-see, nestled next to an overpass on Wynnum Road in Morningside.
Adam Busby's Portrait of a Dynamic Future gives us mirrored faces on the walls of Rokeby Terrace overpass in Taringa. Claire Foxton's portrait of a Brisbane-based Indigenous woman on the wall of 280 Elizabeth Street was delivered as part of Brisbane Street Art Festival in 2017 and shows her talent on a big scale. While you're there, make sure you head around to Edison Lane to catch Richard Bell's provocative painting in the temporary Outdoor Gallery exhibition.
Check out David Sargent's iconic Lost & Found in Teneriffe, which plays with contrast in colour and typography to reflect the area's history. Take Me Away to Bring Me Home by Kyle Jenkins is a ray of colour encasing either side of a rail bridge on Jack Flynn Memorial drive at Morningside. If you feel like spreading a positive message, Sophie Mary Mac's mural, You're an Incredible Combination of Things, is sure to put a smile on your face.
Have you noticed the light boxes along Fish, Hutton and Eagle lanes and King George Square? The frames are part of Brisbane City Council's Outdoor Gallery, which you'll find scattered across the city centre. Walk, ride or drive down the revitalised Kingsford Smith Drive for a surreal after-dark experience. Kenji Uranishi's Magnificent Flying Machines provide a larger-than-life pop of colour along the stunning river backdrop. Cruise down to see the spectacular projections on the rockface of Howard Smith Wharves.
Brisbane's brilliant street art doesn't just make for a super snap – their meanings can be just as intriguing. Flood is an unmissable tribute to Brisbane's 2011 flood. Created by internationally renowned artist, Fintan Magee, whose work raises environmental and social awareness, you'll spot Flood on a bridge pillar on the corner of Montague Road and Merivale Street, South Brisbane. It's more of a garden path than a street, but the artworks found within Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha are certainly snap-worthy! Wander past garden sculptures on your way to discover The Platform's latest installment Roots by Hiromi Tango, created using more than 70 individual bronze castings to explore our connection to place and culture.
Artforce transforms bland boxes into mini masterpieces. There are more than 1300 of them across the city, so you're bound to come across one or more of these artworks on your next adventure.
Venture into village precincts for suburban artwork that celebrates local values, identity, and beauty. Top suburban art picks include Drapl's Summer Splash, a lifelike lorikeet zooming along the side of the Foodworks on Curragundi Road, Jindalee; Emily Devers' Still Life: Poppies, sprawled across rail bridge pillars on Pickering Street, Gaythorne; and James Alley's brightly coloured Subliminal Landscapes covering an electrical substation on Gayford Street, Aspley.