Major new sculpture unveiled ahead of HOTA Gallery opening

A striking new six-metre high sculpture with outstretched arms will welcome visitors to the HOTA Gallery when it opens this May.

Sri-Lankan born, Sydney-based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran has created the massive work, which is now in place at the lower ground entrance of the gallery.

Made from bronze, concrete, neon and fibreglass, the piece is a multi-coloured avatar reflecting the vibrancy of the building.


Holding a smiling neon companion and standing on a geometric plinth, this is Nithiyendran’s largest sculpture to date.

Known for his challenging and innovative references of ideas of monumentality and idolatry, Nithiyendran’s new work is an extension and consolidation of his practice.

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

“I hope local and international visitors engage with the work by considering the meanings and significance of idolatry and sculptural monuments in public spaces.”

Artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran with his new work outside the new HOTA Gallery. PHOTO: Supplied – Alex Chomciz

Criena Gehrke, Chief Executive Officer of HOTA said it’s an exciting day, given it’s less than two months before the official opening of the space.

“The unveiling of Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran’s incredible sculpture is both a tease and a promise of the significant, contemporary work visitors can expect when they take a first look into this amazing new gallery,” Ms Gehrke said.

HOTA also announced today how Gold Coasters can get tickets for the opening weekend and be in with a chance to win a weekend away.

“Today marks twelve months since HOTA was closed to the public due to Covid. In what has been an extraordinary and surreal year, today we’re delighted to announce how you can register for tickets for the opening weekend of the HOTA Gallery. The City has been waiting for this moment for a long time and we can’t wait to throw open the doors to Gold Coasters on Saturday 8 May,” she said.

To be one of the first to explore the HOTA GAllery, sign up at

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Wtf 😂😂 just like the Gold coast lights in yatala.. Real masterpiece 😂😂

Hope we ratepayers didnt have to pay for that childish distorted creature. It look like a night mare

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. My eyes are closed on this one.

Really?? Doesn’t seem appropriate where it is.

I drive past HOTA everyday, I look over at the buildings and think what a waste of money. Sydney has the opera house and we have a building that has been vommitted on. A classic case of talking in riddles and producing rubbish as art. A child in kindergarten could do better.

Fucking garbage