Urban Oasis Public Art

An Urban Oasis will soon sprout from the ground in the centre of the Gold Coast’s bustling tourist precinct. The winning design for this major public art commission was created by international artist Alex Pentek. Titled Urban Oasis, it comprises four stainless steel ferns, standing eleven metres tall and complemented by a series of ground panels.

The artwork is an impression of the shield fern which once grew in abundance at this location. The structures will curl, stretch and appear in various stages of growth as they emerge from the concrete at each corner of the intersection of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Elkhorn Avenue. This significant public art project marks the pivot point between our vibrant nightlife in Surfers Paradise and our city’s cultural heart –  the cultural precinct in Evandale.

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Urban Oasis Public Art Commission

Alex Pentek is an Irish artist who has a growing portfolio of national and international work that explores different site specific ideas in a broad range of materials. As well creating large scale site specific work Alex also has a gallery based practice which explores temporary mediums such as folded paper and sound performance that he has exhibited across Ireland, UK and Australia, including Tasmania’s 10 Days on the Island festival.
With over 20 large scale permanent works completed in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Canada, long time interests in science, origami paper folding and music continue to inform Alex’s work on both practical and philosophical levels.
“I aim to create openly challenging and engaging work that also communicates on a visual, intuitive level by basing the ideas, forms and materials on my reaction to a chosen location. My experience in a growing range of materials allows me to work and think in this way. I am excited by the idea of creating work of such a scale and impact that it connects with the viewer to become a defining public icon, enhancing a sense of place and extend traditionally perceived boundaries between object and landscape”. –Alex Pentek

Urban Oasis: artist mentoring opportunity

Are you an emerging or mid-career Gold Coast artist? Are you looking to expand your experience in understanding how to create works for the public realm?
We’re offering a $5000 grant to an emerging / mid-career artist to help develop a one-on-one professional development opportunity through a mentorship with renowned Irish artist, Alex Pentek.
We’ll work with the selected local artist and Alex Pentek to develop a program tailored to their aspirations and professional development needs in public art.

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