Urban Oasis – Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is public art?
  2. How do I keep up to date with public art opportunities on the Gold Coast?
  3. What framework do you have in place for public art?
  4. How is this project funded?
  5. What materials are used to build the artwork?
  6. Will it repel vandalism?
  7. When will it be installed?
  8. Why is the artwork being fabricated overseas?
  9. How will the artwork be transported to Australia?
  10. How do you support local artists?
  11. Why is it called Urban Oasis?
  12. Who are the Urban Oasis Design Competition Jury members?
  13. What is the cultural corridor?
  14. Are there development opportunities for local emerging artists?
  15. Are the names of the competitors and participants made public?
  16. Is the competition only open to ‘invited’ participants?
  17. How do i get information about the artist briefing session?

 

1. What is public art?

Public artworks are generally located in public spaces, either outdoors or within buildings, but this definition excludes works that are part of museum, gallery, corporate or curated collections.

Public art brings arts and cultural activity together with urban design. It expresses the vibrancy and diversity of our city and helps create urban spaces that residents and visitors can enjoy.

We have a pro-active policy to support and commission public art in order to beautify buildings and streetscapes and support the local arts community.

 

2. How do I keep up to date with public art opportunities on the Gold Coast?

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3. What framework do you have in place for public art?

We’re developing a public art plan and revising our public art policy, creating a framework to give arts and culture momentum beyond 2018. The policy review and public art plan is due to be presented to Council in mid-2016.

Urban Oasis will become a strong example of the kinds of projects and guiding principles to forge the next 10 years of public art projects in our city shaped by the City of Gold Coast’s Culture Strategy.

 

4. How is this project funded?

The project is fully funded through a Queensland Government grant from stage 1 of the Gold Coast Light Rail project, funds set aside for public art. The artist commission is $330,000 including delivery.

 

5. What materials are used to build the artwork?

Urban Oasis is made from marine grade stainless steel this is a durable tough material designed specifically for prolonged exposure in an ocean-side setting such as Surfers Paradise.

 

6. Will it repel vandalism?

It will be chemically sealed to prevent discolouration or graffiti. Is a robust structure will no footholds making it un-climbable and with no sharp edges. It will have minimal impact on pedestrian traffic it will not present any hazard to the general public.

 

7. When will it be installed?

Bulk of installation completed on four separate week nights between 2am – 3.30am when the light rail is not operating. It will be similar to the installation of the nearby palm trees where each weighed over 2 tonnes.

 

8. Why is the artwork being fabricated overseas?

The call out for artists was conducted internationally, nationally and locally. We received high calibre entries from a range of artists. We are lucky enough to have attracted an international artist in this instance. The artist has developed a unique process which they have successfully pioneered in other large scale works. Fabricating the work in Ireland will allow the artist to have complete control over the work at each stage in the fabrication.

 

9. How will the artwork be transported to Australia?

The artwork will be delivered in two 40ft shipping containers. It will then be transported by truck to the Gold Coast from Brisbane. It will then be prepared for final delivery and installation on the Gold Coast.

 

10. How do you support local artists?

We are, and do, support local arts and culture. Local artists applied and were included in the final five short-listed artists for this project. We’re also offering a mentorship opportunity and will announce more opportunities soon.

 

11. Why is it called Urban Oasis?

This area was originally one of the most diverse sub-tropical littoral rainforests in Australia. The street names also conjure this image.

12. Who are the Urban Oasis Design Competition Jury members?

The Urban Oasis design competition jury, Chaired by Robyn Archer AO, is an external group of professionals representing a cross section of industries including: architecture, visual arts, landscape architecture, and Surfers Paradise.

13. What is the cultural corridor?

The cultural corridor is a coordinated portfolio of complementary capital works and public art projects that will create a green and vibrant connection between the Gold Coast’s entertainment precinct and cultural precinct. Over the next ten years we will seek to activate and enhance the connection, bringing together artists and creative designers to make extraordinary public art to create a visible and memorable passage between the Surfers Paradise precinct and the Gold Coast Cultural precinct in Evandale.

14. Are there development opportunities for local emerging artists?

To support the development of our local artists, we will work with the winning team to arrange a mentorship opportunity for a Gold Coast artist, fully funded by the City.

15. Are the names of the competitors and participants made public?

Council will exhibit the concepts of the stage two shortlisted artists, and the selected artwork at Chevron Renaissance later this year. Further details will be released soon.

Only the names of the shortlisted teams are announced prior to commencement of Stage Two of the Competition.

To protect the intellectual property of each team, all designs, including those of Stage Two shortlisted Competitors, will remain confidential until the winner is announced and all submissions are exhibited at the end of the competition.

16. Is the competition only open to ‘invited’ participants?

The competition was open to artists and artist led teams. We encouraged the following representation within teams: artists (compulsory), engineers, landscape architects, industrial designers, architects, designers, lighting specialists, historians, community cultural development practitioners, software engineers and application developers.

A public ‘invitation’ to participate was issued in the form of a media release and media information made widely available to all potential competitors.

17. How do i get information about the artist briefing session?

An artist briefing was held at the Gold Coast Arts Centre on Thursday 5 November 2016. The full briefing video, including the artist Q&A session is available below. Links to the video and supporting powerpoint presentation will be available via LG Tenderbox.