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Brisbane Public Art – Sand Blasting

July 15, 2010

Last year, I posted about being awarded my first permanent public artwork commission, to create a ground plane artwork with imagery referencing the nine curators of the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens over its 125+ year history. Located on the corner of Alice and Edward Streets in the Brisbane CBD the project is affectionately referred to as Alice at Edward.

The beginning of 2010 closed the Concept Design phase of the project with approval on the design direction and approach for my component – sand blasted patterns created from botanical motifs from the Gardens onto laid pavers at the Alice and Edward Street entry.

The project went on hold for a few months and I am working directly with the Brisbane City Council to deliver the next phases.

We are just about to embark on Design Development to finalize the designs, materials and fabrication. As part of this, I have been extending upon my initial research into sites in Brisbane featuring sand blasted paving artwork by local artists.

In 2008 at the Northshore Hamilton Parkland, UAP worked with artist Jennifer Marchant who referred to the site’s rich history to develop a graphical timeline which was sand blasted onto concrete pavers as part of the overall project, which included extensive refurbishment of the site and original artworks by local and prominent artists.

Artist, Nicola Moss, created her public artwork Flourish for the Woolloongabba Urban Centre Project just this year. Centred around the heritage substation at the end of Logan Road, part of her artwork uses ground plane sandblasting to communicate concepts of ebb and flow, new growth and historical references. While sand blasted concrete creates the artwork on a terrace in front of the substation, she has tied this in with laser cut seatbacks in the park area.

North of Brisbane, Jamie MacLean also recently completed a small paving artwork, etched through sandblasting, with a historical map of the local area as part of the Brisbane City Council’s Suburban Centre Improvement Project at Banyo.

Images below show images from each of these three projects in order of appearance in the text.

It’s really helpful to read these works in situ, works that use different materials, aggregate composites, and sand blasting techniques (on and off site) to create a diverse range of effects reflecting their surrounds and their imagery. Many thanks to those who have gone down this path before me…

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