Some of the most recognisable artworks from World Expo 88 will be given a facelift and relocated throughout Brisbane ahead of next year’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced plans to pay tribute to the legacy of World Expo 88 by investing $555,000 in reviving the event’s most recognisable artworks.

Often regarded as Brisbane’s coming of age, Cr Quirk said Expo 88 was a significant milestone in the city’s history.

“Over the six months Expo 88 was held, Brisbane was visited more than 15 million times, raising our global profile and setting us on the path to become a vibrant New World City,” Cr Quirk said.

“One of the most recognisable and memorable features of the exhibition was the white fibreglass figures displayed across the city as part of John Underwood’s The Human Factor art series.

“As part of my $555,000 commitment to mark the 30th anniversary of Expo 88, Council will give new life to these artworks and relocate them to key locations across the city for all residents and visitors to enjoy.

“Public art contributes to our reputation as a New World City and the revival of ‘The Human Factor’ series will be a reminder of how much Brisbane has grown as a cultural and creative hub since 1988.”

Cr Quirk marked the occasion by unveiling two recast artworks, mirroring John Underwood’s fibreglass originals, in King George Square.

“For the first time in nearly 30 years, two of the artworks from The Human Factor series will once again be publicly displayed for thousands of residents and visitors to see as they pass through King George Square every day,” he said.

“These figures will join a series of other publicly exhibited Expo 88 artworks, including The Human Factor unicycle figure at South Bank and Gestation in Queen Street Mall, and will form part of Council’s World Expo 88 Art Trail located across the CBD and city fringe.

“The original artworks are now almost 30 years old and the investment in their recreation and reinstallation is a tribute to the long standing legacy Expo 88 has had on our city.

“Over the next year, residents will be able remember this significant milestone through art as we continue to resurrect these artworks at locations across the city.”

Image: Forme del Mito by Arnaldo Pomodoro. Brisbane City Coiuncil / Flickr

Image: Forme del Mito by Arnaldo Pomodoro. Brisbane City Coiuncil / Flickr

Expo 88 artworks were last celebrated in 2013, when the Council developed the World Expo 88 Public Art Trail to celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary. The artworks are currently on display in the following locations:

  • Forme Del Mito by Arnaldo Pomodoro — Jacob’s Ladder, corner of Turbot and Upper Edward Streets
  • The Man and Matter series by Peter D Cole — Kangaroo Point Cliffs Boardwalk, Lower River Terrace
  • Morning Star II by Jon Barlow Hudson — City Botanic Gardens, close to entrance to QUT
  • Gestation by Baile Oakes — Queen Street Mall
  • Chair by Kenneth Armitage — Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
  • Plant Form by Robert Juniper — City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane River Walk
  • Showdown by Chris Beecroft — Entry to Boondall Entertainment Centre
  • Memories of Wind by Fumio Nishimura — King Edward Park, Wickham Terrace
  • The Rock by Stephen Killick — Captain Burke Park, Holman Street
  • Continuous Division by Greg Johns — Roma Street Parkland, near the College Close carpark
  • Mirage by Gidon Graetz — Brisbane Arcade, Queen Street Mall
  • Night Companion (Sky Needle) by Charles Sutherland — South Brisbane

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