Guzman y Gomez magnet giveaway

I saw a post on Twitter about a magnet giveaway at Guzman y Gomez, and I was reminded of the fact that I really wanted salsa queso fries. So used the opportunity to grab dinner while I was out running an errand.

A set of three brightly coloured magnets, with a Guzman y Gomez counter in the background.

The magnets are pretty alright, I like the colours. I would have preferred stickers though, I have no use for fridge magnets and felt bad about the waste.

Ultimately I decided I didn’t want them so I popped them back.

The Dancers, Melbourne Street

An Expo is a global event that aims at educating the public, promoting progress and fostering cooperation. It is the world’s largest meeting place, bringing together countries, the private sector, the civil society and the general public around interactive exhibitions, live shows, workshops, conferences and much more.

Bureau International des Expositions

I always wondered what exactly “Expo 88” was. It was the event that transformed South Bank from an industrial area to the thriving parkland and commerce area it is today. From April to October 1988, over 15 million visitors traveled to Brisbane to visit Expo, which included “pavilions, laser displays, fireworks, parades, concerts, the Aquacade, water skiing show, a monorail and much more”.

I was in West End the other day and happened upon these two dancers, part of a 30 year anniversary of Expo 88.

Two figures dancing in South Brisbane, next to Stefan's building.

They’re re-cast from the original fibreglass sculptires, and have a somewhat uncanny appearance. They remind me of weeping angels with those soulless eyes, but when I visited someone had dressed them up with rather fetching beads.

Close-up of the male danxer. The statue is completely white, it's a very rough texture, the eyes are empty and white.

The Human Factor series was created by Brisbane’s Artbusters in the late 1980s. The first iterations of this iconic series were installed throughout the World Expo ’88 site. The figures seen here today have been re-imaged and re-cast for the 30th anniversary of World Expo ’80, giving residents and visitors a sense of the celebration that World Expo ’88 was.

Many believe that World Expo ’88 was Brisbane’s coming of age, as the city experienced different cultures, food, lifestyle and entertainment.

The number of visits over the six months exceeded 15.7 million. On 30 October 1988, the song ‘The Carnival is Over’ was performed by the Seekers at the closing ceremony and was considered and appropriate end to Brisbane’s biggest party.

Artbusters The Human Factor series – The Dancers 2018

Two years ago on the 30th anniversary of Expo 88, Brisbane City Council set up a self-guided World Expo ’88 Public Art Trail of Expo related artworks and artefacts. There are currently 31 pieces around the city.

You can check out more about the art trail on the Brisbane Council website. I’m curious to explore more in future.

A newsstand next to the artwork reads "Come to Queensland and see the world, World Expo 88. Enquire here for tickets. Together we'll show the world."

King George Square Signal Box, Debra Hood

As I was heading to Office Works in the city, I discovered this signal box painted in bright floral colours representing Queensland architecture and the square behind it.

I took a quick snap because I’ve been thinking about starting a signal box database (nerd alert!) but when I looked up the artist I found she’s painted a number of signal boxes and even had work displayed on a CityCat.

I have loved architecture of all sorts since I was a child. Born and bred in Port Macquarie, NSW, I used to love driving north for family holidays and upon reaching the Clarence River region; there was a distinct shift in the style of domestic architecture. Perhaps because it marked the arrival at the holiday destination, or simply an innate love of these timber and tin houses, I become a Queenslander fan. As a response to existing on floodplains, these houses sat high and proud on strange timber stilts and were embraced by the surrounding sugarcane fields.

Then, when I moved to Brisbane in 1992, the romance of latticed verandahs shaded by mango and palm trees was an utter delight. I was totally besotted with their beautiful decorative features, history and adaptation to the hot and humid climate.

Interview With Debra Hilda Hood

I love her Queensland themes, densely packed elements and beautiful colours. You can check out more of her work over at debrahoodart.com.au.

Boy and Girl, Greenslopes

A statue of a boy and girl in a small plaza, a cafe and bright blue sky in the background

Boy and Girl depicts a young boy looking through his binoculars at the city while his younger sister pleads for a chance to have a look. The sculptures reference the Greenslopes Centre’s city view, the diversity of community visitors and also pupils from the school close by.

I was walking through Greenslopes and spotted this handsome pair by artist Terry Summers.

A portrait of the bronze boy and girl close-up. Boy distracted, girl pleading for a turn.
  • Artist: Terry Summers
  • Material: White bronze and granite stone
  • Installed: June 2012

Stones Corner

I was walking through the other day. Stopped by at ALDI for some cheese. Caught the train back into the city.

Spinning Top

Work by Jarrad Kennedy, nestled between Wickham, Turbot and Boundary streets.

I caught this from the wrong side. It’s actually meant to be a toppled church dome, a reference to the namesake church at Cathedral Place which was never built.

The underside, pictured here, is a mosaic supposed to represent the reflection of the clear blue sky.

Spinning Top paid homage the unbuilt Holy Name Cathedral, which had been planned for the block at the other side of Centenary Place.

“The cathedral was to be the largest church building of any denomination in the southern hemisphere and proposed to seat some 4000 people,” Cr Cooper said.

“Unfortunately the Great Depression and a lack of funding for construction stalled the project until Duhig’s death in 1965.

Brisbane’s new public art installed

A Colourful Valley

A traffic signal box mural by Nurul Amira Salehin, at the intersection of Wickham and Gotham streets, Fortitude Valley.

Completed date: 30 June 2018.

This artwork represents the vibrancy of Fortitude Valley which is known for it’s cafes and nightlife through big, bold and bright colours.

Nurul Amira Salehin

You also check it out on the BCC Flickr.

Please use your elbow to open the train door

Looking out the train window. Brisbane City in the background. Sticker on the window: "Please use your elbow to open the train door"

A Queensland Rail/Translink sign on the door to a suburban Brisbane train reads:

Looking out the train window. Brisbane City in the background. Sticker on the window: "Please use your elbow to open the train door"

COVID-19 (Coronavirus: Please use your elbow to open the train door.

I caught the train back from an appointment this morning. It was fairly empty, there really aren’t many people around at the moment. In Brisbane the trains are still running normally, but buses can only be boarded from the rear.

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.

Wikipedia

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.