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Public Art at South Bank

Feel like soaking up some culture? There are many eye-catching, artistic compositions at South Bank. The artworks scattered throughout the Parklands are as beautiful as they are diverse. 

Mates by Antone Bruisma

Mates by Antone Bruinsma (1980)

The iconic bronze statue, Mates, was commissioned not long after the Brisbane AMP Building’s grand opening in the 1980s. Influenced by Lady Flo (the wife of then-Premier Sir John Bjelke-Peterson), this artwork encapsulates the concept of Australian mateship and is displayed at South Bank’s Picnic Island.

Clem Jones Promenade Mosaic

Clem Jones Promenade Mosaics by Artbusters (1992)

The Clem Jones Promenade mosaics are scattered along the Promenade and reflect its cultural and recreational identity. These vibrant pieces of art feature native birds, flora and even a happy clown.

Human Factor by John Underwood

Human Factor Sculptures by John Underwood (1988)

Reminisce over World Expo ’88 with the Human Factor Sculptures! Two of the 90s-commissioned fibreglass sculptures now reside at South Bank – one is hanging above the Stanley Street Plaza and another lives near the South Bank Visitor Information and Booking Centre.

Divided by Sandra Selig

Divided by Sandra Selig (2004)

Divided is situated outside the Galleria Apartments on Grey St. This piece of art was created using 15 identical fragments of molded concrete locked together to form a wall. The powerful design has a strong visual energy that creates a sense of fluidity and movement.  

The Witness Box by Daniel Templeman

The Witness Box by Daniel Templeman (2004)

The Witness Box is a crafty piece of art. The clever composition manipulates a solid, stacked structure to give the impression it is malleable.  You can find this silver structure at South Bank’s Queensland College of Art.

Pi-ri by Fiona Foley

Pir'ri by Fiona Foley (2006)

You can find Pir'ri near the Queensland College of Art. The smooth steel sculpture represents the tranquil mangroves that line our beautiful Brisbane River. This simple piece complements the lush surroundings of the parklands.

Music Walk Grey Street

Music Walk by South Bank Corporation and Griffith University (2007)

Peruse the Parklands' pedestrian Music Walk along Grey St. This artwork is located on the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and highlights the relationship between the building and its musical association through lighting, sound and imagery within the "keys". 

Coolaman by John Coleman

Coolaman by John Coleman (2007)

The interactive Aquativity is home to the Coolaman piece. This artwork was thoughtfully created to reflect the environment and indigenous connections and mimics the European settlement patterns along the Brisbane River. It was influenced by the local piccabeen palm – the palm’s fronds were traditionally used to carry water and complements the nature of this area of the Parklands.

One for All

One for All (2009)

One for All is a cross-cultural artwork, located in the Parklands’ Cultural Forecourt. Developed by young migrants and refugees, alongside professional artists; an exchange of stories, music and experience was captured. This thought-provoking art installation communicates the thoughts, memories and dreams of the refugees. 

Tide and Time by Natalie Billing

Time & Tide by Natalie Billing (2011)

Time & Tide is a three-part poem engraved into the landscape of River Quay in the Parklands. The poems reference South Bank’s rich history from indigenous ownership to European settlement and the founding of Brisbane and South Bank.

Pamphlet by Bruce Reynolds

Pamphlet by Bruce Reynolds (2012)

Pamphlet is composed of three engaging, geometric pieces of art, Tea Leaf Paradox, Unfolded and Fortune. Each sculpture is placed in an unexpected or bizarre way. The engaging trio are spread throughout South Bank’s Grey St, outside of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.