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Brian Robinson to create signature public art commission for Queensland Performing Arts Centre

August 1, 2023

Onespace is proud to announce that represented artist Brian Robinson has been selected to develop a prestigious public art commission, Floriate, for the new theatre at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Robinson’s captivating artwork draws inspiration from Queensland’s rich natural flora of the Seven Watersheds, and its deep-rooted connection to First Nations peoples. Floriate, a curvaceous four metre high bronze sculpture, focuses on seven different flowering plants that grow in abundance across the state of Queensland, one in each of the seven culturally significant watershed ecosystems.

Queensland’s Minister for the Arts, Hon Leeanne Enoch, said “Brian Robinson’s stunning sculpture Floriate tells a story that connects the beauty of Queensland’s natural environment with First Nations culture and knowledge of Country.”

“Floriate will be a striking artwork to welcome audiences to the new theatre in a place that has been the location of ceremony and storytelling for thousands of years.”

“This beautiful sculpture will showcase Queensland First Nations culture to national and international visitors ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Responding to the announcement Robinson remarked: “I am extremely humbled to have been selected for such an amazing opportunity. Floriate represents Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, whose deep-rooted relationship and balance with the land, sea (or water), and sky have enriched their lives with sustenance, shelter, medicine, and knowledge.”

Onespace directors, John Stafford & Jodie Cox, said “Brian Robinson is undoubtedly Australia’s leading Torres Strait Islander public artist. We are delighted that this latest commission continues to showcase Brian’s profound connection to Country and culture.”

To be prominently located in the entry forecourt of the new venue, Floriate will undoubtedly stand as a captivating and powerful testament to the vibrant history, culture, and natural beauty of Queensland, reinforcing Robinson’s position as a revered artist on the national and international stage.

Onespace congratulates the Queensland Government and the following agencies and organisations working with Brian to help realise the fabrication and installation of Floriate at the new performing arts venue:

•          Department of Energy and Public Works’ Major Projects
•          Arts Queensland
•          Queensland Performing Arts Centre
•          Blight Rayner & Snøhetta architects
•          UAP and Blaklash

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Image (top): Artwork Render: Floriate. Courtesy of the artist and UAP.
Image (lower): Brian Robinson. Photograph: Hamish Rutherford. Courtesy of the artist and Onespace.

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