Five battle to design ‘gateways’

Five internationally-renowned artists are bidding to deliver a major public art commission which will act as gateways to the Gold Coast.

Following a world-wide search, an independent panel was united in its selection of five finalists out of more than 70 submissions. The finalists – James Angus, LOT-EK, Callum Morton, Scott Redford and Judy Watson – will now further develop their concept designs.

While Gold Coast entries featured strongly in the competition, comprising 20 per cent of submissions, Scott Redford is the only local finalist for the project. Other Queensland entries made up 40 per cent with 25 per cent from other states and the remaining 15 per cent from international artists.

The gateways project is expected to reflect the character of the coast as well as engage with locals and visitors. The artwork will have a lifespan of 50 years and the selected artists were deemed by the panel to be best placed to create and deliver an artwork that is not only relevant today but also for generations to come.

The Gateways Public Art Commission is expected to create a sense of arrival and welcome for locals, visitors and athletes effectively becoming a “bookend” for the city. Both artworks will be 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 southern site is earmarked for a zone near the Gold Coast Highway and airport and is yet to be finalised.

The panel, a cross section of industry and stakeholder representatives, will select the winning entry for noting by Council with an announcement expected by June. Final installation of the northern site is expected in November.

The project is jointly funded by City of Gold Coast and the Queensland Government.

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