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The Site

December 7, 2009

We’re in the final phase of the UAP Mentorship Residency a mid-December 2009 installation looming and now it’s time to begin revealing the development that’s taken place over the past three months, beginning with the site.

Conceptual Rationale
The conceptual rationale underpinning the work is to activate the space through the use of historical markers relevant to the site and local precinct in conjunction with lighting elements.

Location
Tank Street falls between North Quay and George Streets, close to both rail (Roma Street Station) and river (Brisbane river facing South Brisbane), linked to The Gallery of Modern Art at Souank by Kurilpa Bridge. Briggs Lane runs off Tank Street on the west side close to the George Street end. Briggs Lane currently provides access and services to both adjacent buildings and a small car park at the end of the lane.

Precinct History
From 1842 Brisbane’s free settlers were reliant on water from the so called Old Reservoir, which was realistically, a damned up water hole bounded by present day Turbot, Roma and George Streets. Tank Street was named after the nearby reservoir and water supply known as Tank Stream. Much of the water accumulated into this hole would have flowed down the steep incline of the Roma Street parkland providing drinking water, it was also used for bathing and by animals.

In the early colony the reservoir became a public disgrace and a potential cause of disease and health. In 1864 the Council, addressed this problem by constructing Enoggera Creek Reservoir.

Site History
J Briggs & Sons, Drapers (begun c1915 in Melbourne Street, South Brisbane) had a store at 428 George Street, which backed onto what is now known as Briggs Lane from c1917.

Next Week
The conceptual rationale behind the work and the official installation date!

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