Public art gets architectural with this Queensland project.
October 8th, 2008
The Queensland Government Accommodation Office, Department of Public Works, have commissioned a series of public art works for their 63 George St government office building. The $50 million building refurbishment has seen artists work closely with architect Spence Jamieson on a series of six sculptural artworks.
Utilising industrial materials of stainless steel, aluminium (and aluminium cladding), glass and lights, the project becomes a reflection of the strong architectural presence of the area while acknowledging the site’s heritage.
The six public artworks (described below) are currently on public display.
‘Tiers’ (Milne & Stonehouse)
A geometric, sculptural progression emphasising the elements of air, light and water and their negotiation with shelter. The work has a day and night personality, offering changing aesthetics with the changing day.
‘Reflective Presence’ (Craig Flood)
The entranceway to ‘Auckland House’, which originally occupied the site from 1906 – 1962, is reflected in this contemporary work.
‘Ghost Amaze’ (Paul Brown)
An emergent two-dimensional work with a maze-like quality, built up of shaped Alpolic sheeting.
‘Blue Prism’ (Laurindo De Abreu Soto)
Defining the street level entrance to the site, the work utilises Craig Flood’s work as a backdrop, and references the day and night personality of Tiers (situated above).
‘City Lights’ (Laurindo De Abreu)
A street level work reflecting the strong architectural presence of the site, with the artist suggesting, “In the city, even the vent covers have to dress up to go out”.
‘Three Graces’ (Laurindo De Abreu)
A three-dimensional reflection of Paul Brown’s work, which acts to create a connection between the two works.
For further information please contact the Public Art Unit, Project Services, Department of Public Works, visit the Project Serviuces website.
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