HOTA Gallery’s bold new outdoor art installations

Two ambitious large-scale outdoor artworks will be installed, ahead of the May opening of the $60.5 million HOTA Gallery.

HOTA has commissioned Queensland Waanyi artist Judy Watson and Sri-Lankan born, Sydney artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran to create the works.

Responding to the history of the site and local Indigenous people, Ms Watson will present a layered sculptural garden including a pathway forming a topographical map depicting the Nerang river prior to European settlement. It will serve as a place of gathering, education, knowledge and ceremony for visitors.


Judy Watson. PHOTO: Supplied

“The sculptural elements point to Aboriginal continuity and survival. The eagle feathers shelter and protect, the shells and stones embedded within the river form take us on a journey. We listen to those who came before and follow them to our future,” Ms Watson said.

The meditative installation will have local language and motifs depicting history, sandblasted into the bleachers around the site.

For his first work in the public domain, contemporary artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran has created a monumental six-metre high, double-sided sculpture made from bronze, concrete, neon and fibreglass to be located at the lower ground entrance to the gallery.

The multi-coloured avatar reflects the vibrancy of the HOTA Gallery building. Holding a neon sketched figure companion and standing on a geometric plinth, this is Mr Nithiyendran’s largest sculpture to date and will welcome visitors inside the gallery with outstretched arms.

“The work gestures to a range of global sources that link to my cultural background and contemporary culture,” Mr Nithiyendran said

Ramesh Nithiyendran. PHOTO: Anna Kucera

Gallery and Visual Arts, Director at HOTA, Tracy Cooper Lavery, said “Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran’s work lends itself to a contemporary Gold Coast vibe while recognising global spiritual culture. These new commissions join our growing program of outdoor art experiences and highlight our vision to create a place for art – both indoors and out.”

The HOTA Gallery will span six levels and present a dynamic program of world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives and new commissions.

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