The search is on for an artist to deliver iconic gateways to the Gold Coast that are as visually bold, expressive and memorable as the city itself.
Mayor Tom Tate said the major public artwork would “bookend” the city.
“It will be a beacon of our cultural life, creating a sense of arrival and welcome for locals, visitors and athletes,” Cr Tate said.
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“The gateways will no doubt engage, provoke and delight.”
“This major public artwork, due for installation before the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, is the latest instalment of arts and culture projects underway across the city,” he said.
Mayor Tom Tate said the design competition was open worldwide.
“We’re inviting the world’s best artists to create truly exceptional public artwork,” he said.
The two gateways to the city are located in high traffic zones. In the north, on the M1 Pacific Motorway, immediately south of the Albert River – the boundary of the city. The available site area is 750 metres long, 2 metres wide at the base with a maximum height and top width of 11 metres. Around 155,000 commuters will see this marker every day.
“The southern site is earmarked for a zone near the Gold Coast Highway and airport. We will undertake further feasibility studies to ensure we get the best location,” Cr Tate said.
An external panel will select up to five finalists and invite them to further develop the designs. The panel, a cross section of industry and stakeholder representatives, will select the winning entry. Final installation is expected in November 2017.
The Gateway Public Art Commission is co-funded by the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast.
The tender is open from 26 November – 23 December 2016. Tender documents will be available at: lgtenderbox.com.au