The Redcliffe peninsula began life as one of the earliest British settlements in the Brisbane area. A lot of historical buildings can still be seen today in Redcliffe and the areas surrounding it.
The self-guided Redcliffe Foreshore Public Art Trail guides you through a public art collection which reflects the unique character of the Redcliffe foreshore as well as the people and histories of the Moreton Bay Region. Integrated into the streetscape, these artworks collectively express a local dialogue between nature, culture and people.
Artist: Brad Nunn
Medium: Patinated and polished bronze
The Cenotaph of Remembrance commemorates those who have served Australia in conflicts and peacekeeping initiatives since the Boer War. Addressing the notion of 'the everlasting sleep of the fallen', the memorial emanates a light which changes intensity over time to represent slow breathing.
Artist: Hew Chee Fong and Loretta Noonan
The Vessels art piece is comprised of two granite vessels in the form of a traditional dingy or small scale recreational boat. Only parts of these vessels are visible rising from raised mounds of earth, suggesting time passing and the history of the region.
In the first instance the vessels directly represent the ‘first settlement’ of Redcliffe while indirectly exploring the passing of time, reflecting themes of journeying and discovery. Smaller, traditional forms of boats have played an integral role in the settlement and subsequent livelihood of the area - associated in the past with the fishing industry and today with the role tourism plays in our region, as well as affluence and leisure pursuits. The forms also intentionally echo and allude to the bay’s marine life such as whales, dolphins, dugongs and turtles.
Artist: Bianca Beetson
Medium: Stainless steel with LCD lighting
Nestled amidst the landscape of Charlish Park, the Story Poles tell the traditional and contemporary stories of the local Kabi Kabi (Gubbi Gubbi) people - the traditional owners of the Redcliffe region. These stories, both written and visual, have been used by the artist as design elements to represent notions of place and connection to country.
The design elements of the work are contemporary interpretations of traditional body paint designs and artefact decorations of the Kabi Kabi people. The text on the poles is written in both English and traditional Kabi Kabi language to recognise and acknowledge the traditional owners of the region.
Artist: Megan Cope
After the Flood challenges the construct of time and place as a result of European settlement. This series is drawn from topographical maps which have been combined with basic cartographic symbology to reveal a multilayered landscape, dual histories and identities and the cultural legacy of colonisation. It honours a dual visual history by also incorporating local indigenous names for places and groups.
Artist: Phil Price
Medium: Steel and Carbon fibre
The concept around OPTO revolves around looking and changing. Looking promotes a sense of place - we can look out over the bay, from the land to the sea, and we can look back to the land, from the sea. Looking can also be interpreted as a metaphor - we can look into the future or back into the past.
Acting as a literal portal, the kinetic rings move in direct relationship to the environment, rotating and spinning in response to the breeze from Moreton Bay. Passing over one another, they appear to open and close, changing the framed landscape within the circular form.
Opto serves as a celebration of this beautiful place: past, present and future.
Artist: Russell Anderson
Medium: Bronze and Stainless steel
Above the southern parkland and located on Redcliffe Parade is Russell Anderson’s artwork entitled Apparatus for Non-Destructive Transmission of Biological Visualisation. The work is an interactive sculptural device presented as a popular street-side amusement.
Russell, a longtime Redcliffe local, has created a fictional nautical legend of what was once a real 19th century explorer vessel, shipwrecked in Moreton Bay. This device, salvaged from the wreck, contains the captive essence of a sea creature. Viewers are invited to turn a handle, generating power to view the sea-creature essence contained within and its projected image.
This sculpture tells the story of an imagined local history. ANTBV acts as a fictional appliance or device that evokes the past by using design elements from another era. As the only remaining invention of a fictional, early nineteenth century naturalist, this device is an interactive sculpture that explores local fauna on a whimsical level.
Take a walk down the popular Bee Gees Way
See more local art pieces at Redcliffe Art Gallery
Explore the history of Redcliffe and Moreton Bay Region at the Redcliffe Museum
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