Urban Oasis: search for artist begins

The search is on for an artist to deliver an Urban Oasis in the heart of the Gold Coast’s bustling tourist precinct. The design competition, which will root out the city’s first major public art commission will be located at the intersection of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Elkhorn Avenue and is open to local, national and international artists.

“We’re inviting the world’s best artists to create a truly exceptional public artwork for one of the world’s best cities,” said Mayor Tom Tate.

“Urban Oasis will signify the pivot point between Surfers Paradise as a precinct and our city’s future cultural heart in Evandale. This is the beginning of the cultural corridor.”

“It’s a challenging yet rewarding site for an artist. We’re open to ideas that transform it into a space where people want to dwell, admire the artwork or take a selfie. It will encourage people to walk through the precincts.”

An independent jury, chaired by Robyn Archer AO, the City’s Arts and Culture Strategic Advisor, will select up to five finalists and invite them to develop their designs further. The final artwork is expected to reflect the character of the coast, engage with the audience and ignite the imagination of locals and visitors.

Ms Archer welcomed the significant cultural milestone for the city.

“This is a really exciting moment for our accelerated cultural development agenda on the Gold Coast. There’s so much going on beneath the surface in terms of arts and cultural activity, but I have been longing for the moment when the product of all that energy becomes visible,’’ she said.

“This first significant piece of public art will be a beacon for the cultural aspirations of this city, and an enriching signal to the burgeoning development of the cultural precinct.”

The jury, a cross section of industry and stakeholder representatives, will select the winning entry for endorsement by Council. The successful team will be invited to proceed to final installation by June 2016. The competition is open until 16 December 2015.

Check Council’s video here:

Get more at moregoldcoast.com.au/publicart.


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