Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia
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February 18, 2015

Brisbane Any Day: City of Public Art and Koalas

Kurlipa Bridge in Brisbane

Have you ever wondered why there are so many public art installations in Brisbane?

That was the first question I had while walking in the downtown. Statues stand on the ground and some art even float in the sky in a form of wire. Or sometimes it’s hanging from the ceiling of a building, or covering a sky rise like a jacket. Art is in Brisbane’s day to day life. How exquisite is this?

The Art Built-in policy came into effect in July 1999. The basis of the Art Built-in program was allocated funding of 2% for public art within all Queensland State Government capital works building budgets over A$250,000. The Government required that this 2% should be allocated to integrated art and design. Thanks to the Art Built-in policy, Brisbane became one of the most interesting city for public arts with its variety of ideas.

Not just because of the public art, but for some unexplainable reason I felt home in Brisbane instantly. Maybe because of the freshness after spending several months in a small city in Borneo. Maybe because I enjoyed the cool autumn temperature. Or because of the river and laid-back and active lifestyle of locals. Whatever the reason was, I knew I would come back here sometime soon.

I started exploring Brisbane by visiting the Koalas at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. What a perfect introduction. I was jetlaged and tired from a red eye flight, but koala can cure everything. A true story. For next two days, I explored major sites of the city, including climbing up to the top of Story Bridge. It was a very liberating experience. One afternoon, I walked around the town with a nice people of Brisbane Greeters. It’s a free service open to everyone – locals, students, or visitors. Brisbane Greeters are locals who love living in Brisbane so much that they are enthusiastic about introducing you to their city, and sharing their intimate knowledge. If you see people wearing bright red t-shirt and hat, you know they are the Greeters. I spent an afternoon with a lovely lady named Vivian, and she showed me some of the most amazing places in Brisbane, including museums. We both were lovers of museums and aboriginal arts.

It was a short two-day visit, but Brisbane easily became one of my favorite cities. I think you will love it too. Here are some photos from my time in this exquisite city.

 

Meeting Koalas at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

“What’s up?”

Meeting Koalas at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Kangaroo feeding is one of the most popular activities in Koala Sanctuary

Meeting Koalas at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

A male koala

Meeting Koalas at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Koala!

Meeting Koalas at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Walking on the Brisbane Story Bridge

Walking on the Brisbane Story Bridge

Walking on the Brisbane Story Bridge

Walking on the Brisbane Story Bridge

Walking on the Brisbane Story Bridge

Walking on the Brisbane Story Bridge

Inside of the Gallery of Modern Art

Inside of the Gallery of Modern Art

Walking on the Brisbane Story Bridge

Walking on the Brisbane Story Bridge

Walking on the Brisbane Story Bridge

Walking on the Brisbane Story Bridge

Michael Parekowhai's sculpture The World Turns outside The Gallery of Modern Art

Michael Parekowhai’s sculpture The World Turns outside The Gallery of Modern Art

Falling From Above - Husk, Kernel and Returning by the artist Stuart Green

Falling From Above – Husk, Kernel and Returning by the artist Stuart Green

The yellow things on the wall is a part of public art, made with shovels!

One of my favorites – Once Again, Lincoln Austin explores the processes we follow consciously and subconsciously when we examine objects, from our first encounter to our subsequent encounters and analysis

The South Bank Grand Arbour, a kilometre long arbor located in the South Bank Parklands.

The South Bank Grand Arbour, a kilometre long arbor located in the South Bank Parklands.

Confluence, is of a scale and drama befitting this important civic building

Confluence, is of a scale and drama befitting this important civic building

Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art

Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art

The Wheel of Brisbane

The Wheel of Brisbane

Nepal Peace Pagoda

Nepal Peace Pagoda

The Virtual Reef at the Cube - provides an immersive, simulated underwater experience that invites users to engage and learn about the Great Barrier Reef's unique ecosystem

The Virtual Reef at the Cube – provides an immersive, simulated underwater experience that invites users to engage and learn about the Great Barrier Reef’s unique ecosystem

Daejeon and Brisbane Friendship Stone

Daejeon and Brisbane Friendship Stone

Colorful parrot mosaic on the South Bank

Colorful parrot mosaic on the South Bank

Even traffic box dressed up in Brisbane

Even traffic box dressed up in Brisbane

The public square arc wall installation was created by Yayoi Kusama. The disembodied eye featured in Eyes are Singing Out is a symbol that appears in many cultures throughout time and is seen, for example, in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. It is suggestive not only of a watchful public but also omnipotence, enlightenment and inspiration.

The public square arc wall installation was created by Yayoi Kusama. The disembodied eye featured in Eyes are Singing Out is a symbol that appears in many cultures throughout time and is seen, for example, in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. It is suggestive not only of a watchful public but also omnipotence, enlightenment and inspiration.

Art installation in the sky

Art installation in the sky

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

6 Comments

  1. Arabella says:

    What an AMAZING light to take photos!! I love it. 🙂

  2. Fabiana says:

    I am so jealous! I have always wanted to hug a koala.

  3. […] coverage of the state, learning a lot, including what a bilbly is and the fact that Brisbane is a city with a lot of public art. Before that I only knew what most people do about Queensland; that it’s home to the Great […]

  4. Lovely photos Juno! You were very lucky with the weather on the day of your bridge climb. I really liked Brisbane when we were there too and remember there being a lot of outside art and very good art galleries. It’s a very peaceful city.

    • Juno Kim says:

      Brisbane is amazing! I really enjoy this city. Yes, I agree. I got the good weather on the day of the climb. The view was just so fantastic.

  5. […] As you wander the streets of Brisbane, keep your eyes open, and don’t forget to look up! This odd sculpture was spotted above the Collective Markets on the Southbank. Thanks to the Art Built-in policy, Brisbane is a city full of public artwork. […]

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