If you are like me and don’t have a legitimate reason to be loitering around the Supreme Court, you may not know that Brisbane’s CBD is actually home to some cool public art works. I stumbled across Brisbane City Council’s Contemporary Art and Architecture trail whilst doing some research for a photography project a little while ago and it seemed like a great way to spend a few hours. So armed with my camera and the trail map (you can download your copy here), I set off one sunny weekend to see what was on offer.
The trail starts at Evolution Apartments located on the corner of North Quay and Tank Street, with “Infinity Forest” located on the Tank Street side. Its best viewed from the Kurilpa Bridge (across the street) but I was quite disappointed with this one. On the other side of Tank Street is the Santos Building, and if you follow the covered walkway into the building you will stumble across the brightly coloured “Once, Again” tucked away on the right hand side. This is probably a better place to start your trail!
Head back out to Tank Street, turn right and cross George Street. Across the lawns of the Supreme Court you will see Yayoi Kusama’s vivid wall installation entitled “Eyes are Singing Out”. You might also spot some other attractions depending on what time you visit!
Walk through the lawn to Roma Street where you will find some other artworks on the opposite side of the courts. these are not officially included in the trail but were interesting nonetheless.
If you keep walking in the same direction, you will come to the magnificent “Confluence” located on the corner of George and Turbot Streets. I have driven past this spot frequently on my way home and had never even noticed it! Across the street is 400 George, home to several works of art which are best appreciated when the building is open (i.e. not on weekends!).
Cross George Street and keep walking towards Ann Street. You will pass several shopfronts on the right side with creative wall art on display. These are not included in the art trail but I thought really added a grungy vibe to the CBD which I didn’t know Brisbane possessed.
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The next stop is 275 George, home to Telstra and “Falling from Above” which is actually 3 seperate pieces of art. This is the amazing “Husk” which hangs suspended between the buildings.
Immediately beneath is “Kernel” representing the seed which has been released from the exploding husk. These were easily my favourite pieces on the trail.
Continue along George Street past the steel kangaroos…
…and funky buildings until you get to Brisbane Square and the Treasury Casino.
In the forecourt you will find “Steam”, a collection of spheres strewn around the place. It always reminds me of a giant game of marbles.
Across the road at the top of Queen Street Mall is “Gestation”. Again this is not included in the official trail but I thought very striking.
Walk down Queen Street Mall (towards Edward Street) and turn right at the Hungry Jack’s into Albert Street. Tucked away on the left-hand side is Albert Lane which houses many eateries including Vapiano inside the arcade. As you walk in, look up at the glass ceiling to get a glimpse of “Across the Ocean Their Fragrances Intermingled”.
Continue along Albert Street past “Charlie Cox, 2011” (basically a multi-coloured tile wall which was very easy to miss) to see “Pride” on the corner of Albert and Charlotte Streets. The official trail continues from here with “Waterography”(Charlotte Street), “Efflorescence” (Mary Street), and “Landlines” and “Shades of Green” further along Albert Street.
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