Gaia, West Village, Brisbane Festival 2022

A twilight shot of a grassy square, an old gentrified factory building in the background, and a giant illuminated planet earth suspended in the air. South America and Africa are visible. There are people admiring underneath.

I went to West Village to check out the artwork Gaia for Brisbane Festival, by artist Luke Jerram.

An intimate encounter with our home planet.

Gaia acts as a mirror, a journey of discovery, and a warning. The viewer may experience a new perspective, a sense that societies of the Earth are all interconnected as well as the realisation that we have a responsibility to one another, to preserve, to protect.

It wasn’t much to look at during the day, so I went to do my shopping while the sun set. At dusk it was illuminated against the sunset sky and just incredible to look at. I spent ages checking it out from all angles, trying to get the best photo along with everyone else.

Measuring 7 metres in diameter, Gaia is the second in a series of three awe-inspiring large-scale installations by Luke Jerram at West Village. 

Here is your chance to see the Earth as if from space; an incredibly beautiful and precious place. An ecosystem we urgently need to look after — our only home.

The Brisbane Festival program lists three separate planets that are rotated out throughout the festival.

I missed seeing the moon at the beginning of the festival, but tomorrow the giant Earth will be swapped out for a simulacrum of Mars.

Created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. With supporting partners Culture Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.

I logged on to Flickr for the first time in years to upload this photo, but my account is limited because I need to pay.

But one of the last photos I uploaded caught my eye. Taken on December 22, 2017, the construction of the controversial West Village complex where the installation now sits. What a change.

A concrete building site. A two story historic factory sits in front of three massive, blocky towers under construction.

Lokal & Co

The exterior of Lokal + Co on a rainy day. Umbrellas and greenery everywhere.

The little West End trendy Scandi brekky cafe. Tae and I hadn’t seen each other for some time and we decided to catch up.

It’s been a fairly miserable week weather-wise. Wet and dark. But that’s a welcome la niña change from the usual Brisbane dry, so we were both happy to head out and grab breakfast before work.

I had the chilli scrambled eggs, crispy coconut sambal, plum chutney, roti bread for $17.0. Tae had almost an entire pumpkin on sourdough. We both drank our volume in coffee and it was nice.

I’ve missed breakfast. The best I managed in Amsterdam was brunch at 11 am, which was fine but I remember it being a stressful affair. Working weird Dutch hours means I haven’t really had mornings since I’ve been back. But I’ve been working on that.

So I hope to do this more often.

Mcwhirters Building

I went for a ride into the Valley to buy some art supplies and get out of the house. It was a lovely day.

Mcwhirters Building, Fortitude Valley

McWhirters is a heritage-listed former department store at Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is also known as McWhirters Marketplace, McWhirters & Son Ltd, and Myer (Fortitude Valley). It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.


This is an example of art deco architecture in Brisbane.

Note: this photo has been edited to remove a dirty great traffic light out the front.