The Commission

About the Commission

In a first for the Gold Coast, the public art commission unearthed the very best designs for a permanent artwork, to create a memorable Urban Oasis; improving the aesthetics, shade and experience of one of our city’s key intersections.

As we prepare to host the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™, we are a city in the midst of positive transformation. Urban Oasis will become a strong example of the kinds of projects and guiding principles for public art in our city beyond 2018.

Late last year we opened a local, national and international search for artists.  An independent jury selected five finalists out of a local, national and international pool of more than 50 submissions. In June 2016 a winner, Alex Pentek, was chosen.

In another sign of the cultural evolution on the Gold Coast, local entries featured strongly, comprising a quarter of submissions to deliver the city’s first major public art commission.

Every 7.5 minutes a tram filled with people will see your artwork.

Located at one of the Gold Coast’s busiest junctions – where the city’s expanding light rail network crosses a key east-west pedestrian corridor –  the artwork will become the instantly-recognisable arrival marker for the intersection of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Elkhorn Avenue. Urban Oasis will also signpost the evolving link between our vibrant nightlife at Surfers Paradise and the city’s cultural heart – the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct at Evandale. This is the beginnings of our cultural corridor.

It’s a busy intersection, a challenging yet rewarding site for an artist. It presented a blank canvas for the artist. The artwork will be highly visible and seen by a tram full of people every 7.5 minutes, 20 million visitors each year, 20,000 Surfers Paradise residents, 20,000 visitors staying in Surfers Paradise each night and 70,000 people walking around Surfers Paradise every weekend.

The brief stipulated that the artwork reflect the character of the Gold Coast, our subtropical abundance, engage with the audience and ignite the imagination of both locals and visitors.

Each week 347,000 people will walk around the Urban Oasis and Surfers Paradise.

Urban Oasis - Gold Coast aerial photo

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Urban Oasis - Gold Coast beach

COMPETITION TIMEFRAME

Registration is now closed. Outlined below are the timelines for the two stage competitive process.

STAGE ONE

Entries Open – 24 October 2015
Artist Briefing Session – 5 November 2015
Entries Close – 16 December 2015
Stage One Judging – Early February 2016

STAGE TWO

The independent Urban Oasis Public Art Competition Jury selected up to five finalists who received $5000 to develop their design further.

Finalists invited to Stage Two – February 2016
Stage Two submissions close – April 2016
Stage Two judging – End of May 2016

STAGE THREE – THE COMMISSION

The Jury selected the winning entry which was endorsed by Council in June 2016. The successful artist, Alex Pentek was awarded a $330,000 commission and invited to proceed with detailed design, fabrication and installation.

Urban Oasis - night time photo

Urban Oasis - night time photo

Urban Oasis - night time photo

THE COMMISSION

The Jury selected the winning entry which was endorsed by Council in June 2016. The successful artist, Alex Pentek was awarded a $330,000 commission and invited to proceed with detailed design, fabrication and installation.

REGISTRATION

Registration is now closed. Future public art commissions by the City of Gold Coast can be found by registering with LG Tender Box.

FINALISTS

Alex Pentek, Buchan Group, Brian Robinson, Dr Chris Bennie and Kuuki are invited to further develop their designs.

Irish sculptor Alex Pentek is no stranger to Australia, having represented Ireland at Ten Days on the Island, International Arts Festival, in Hobart in 2007. He was one of two international finalists for a landmark public sculpture for Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, in 2010. Pentek brings 19 years’ experience producing large scale work nationally and internationally to the design competition.

With an office just around the corner, global architecture firm and multi-disciplinary design practice, the Buchan Group. Previous work includes  the Hilton, Surfers Paradise, Q1 Gold Coast and Robina Town Centre. The group has also presented several works at Sydney’s Vivid festival.

Cairns-based artist Brian Robinson has delivered significant public art installations across Queensland – in Brisbane, Mackay, Cairns and Port Douglas as well as Wickham, Western Australia. He’s working with Brisbane-based agency CREATIVEMOVE.

Gold Coast artist Dr Chris Bennie is working with Urban Art Projects. Dr Bennie has won acclaim for his work at the Gold Coast Swell Sculpture Festival and most recently took out Brisbane’s Clayton Utz art prize. He has held exhibitions in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.

Artists Priscilla Bracks and Gavin Sade collaborate as Brisbane-based art and design studio Kuuki. They bring traditional art forms such as sculpture, illustration, photography and fashion, together with digital technologies. Kuuki has delivered public artworks in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney and exhibited work in France, Ireland, Singapore and Taipei.

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