Art on the G:link

11 November 2016

Gold Coasters will decide on the art wrapping the G:link for the summer.

City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the public vote followed a city-wide call for entries with three local artists now vying for the top spot.

“We’ve narrowed the entries down to three of the best. Now Gold Coasters can tell us which artwork should wrap seven carriages of the G:link,” Cr Tate said.

The successful Gold Coast artists, chosen by the Public Art Reference Group, are: Cynthia Cabello (Burleigh Heads); Sara Firth (Arundel) and Mari Hirata (Broadbeach).

“The artwork will be highly visible and seen by many visitors, light rail passengers and Gold Coasters. More than 21,000 commuters will see this work every day,” Cr Tate said. 

Part of the umbrella Urban Oasis public art program the intention of this artwork is to transform the way we see and experience our urban environment through the light rail system.

Artists were asked to consider the Urban Oasis curatorial framework: art that grows - art that flows - art that glows. Artists also considered the ecological diversity and botanical heritage of our city; the active travel associated with the light rail; the day and night viewing of the light rail and the speed at which the light rail carriages are viewed.

“The light rail is a dominant feature, bisecting our coastal urban space at ground level and creating a constantly moving canvas,” Mayor Tate said.

“As part of our investment in arts and culture we’re creating several substantial public art commissions.

“We’re committed to commissioning public art that incorporates and supports local artists in their development. And also encourages the Gold Coast community to engage with the artwork,” he said.

This is an initiative of the City of Gold Coast with support from the Queensland Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads, GoldlinQ and Go Transit.

To have your say go to: gchaveyoursay.com.au/artwrap

Art on the G:link photo