Get ready to see the Gold Coast’s name up in lights at two busy northern and southern intersections, with the new “Gateways” public artworks revealed this morning.
Two artists, Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, from the New York-based studio LOT-EK created the designs that will bookend the city, following an international tender process. The work, titled HI-LIGHTS, will feature nearly 100 modified highway lights and poles, closely spaced at different heights. The lights will appear to spell out the city’s name in the northern installation and feature the letters GC at the southern site.
Mayor Tate said the Gateways would “bookend” the city and become an iconic “welcome” to visitors and “welcome home” for residents.
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“Together, they will create a sense of arrival and welcome for locals, visitors and GC2018 athletes, regardless of whether they visit us from the north or south,” Cr Tate said.
“This is the latest of many arts and culture projects underway. Locals and visitors will see a very different Gold Coast, a city more mature in its cultural offer, before, during and after the Games,” he said.
Both artworks will be located in highly visible areas, in the north along the Pacific Highway and in the south near the airport on the Gold Coast Highway.
The northern artwork will stretch 100 metres and reach a maximum height of 11 metres. Gold metallic paint will add to the geometry that echoes and amplifies the rounded letters at each location.
Final installation is expected by the end of this year.
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