Public art

There are many public artworks located along the Cairns Esplanade and around the Lagoon.


The Woven Fish

Created for the Esplanade redevelopment in 2003, Brian Robinson inadvertently created the visual theme of the Cairns Esplanade.

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Citizens Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef was created by artist Brian Robinson. The 6 metre-high and 11 metre-wide helix depicts a wave of marine creatures and birds led by a life-size stingray to reflect the biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Telescopus

'Telescopus' by Dominic Johns is a three-dimensional sculptural work which references the mangrove mud whelk that is common to the inter-tidal mudflats.

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Lions Sculpture

The Lions sculpture depicts the classic 'mother and child' image with a modern twist. This artwork was donated by the Lions Association in celebration of their 100th anniversary.

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Windblown Leaves

'Windblown Leaves' by Roland Nancarrow is a sculpture with a resilient 'new leaf' standing erect from windblown leaves at the base.

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Horizon Line

'Horizon Line' by Kevin Mayo is two large stainless steel sculptures in the shape of a boat standing on end, with human figures cut-out within the boat shape.

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The Herd

Part of the 2003 Esplanade redevelopment, 'The Herd', by Hew Chee Fong and Loretta Noonan, is to resemble a herd heading out to sea.

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Butterflies

The artists were members of the Work for the Dole scheme under the tuition of Dominic Johns. The artworks are abstract Far North butterflies.

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Seasonal Line

'Seasonal Line', by Peter Thompson, is a horizontal coloured line constructed of tiles inlaid into architectural and landscape forms.

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Brass Plaques

Brian Robinson's brass plaques are set into the wall along the Lagoon Harbour Walk. The designs and motifs used are a part of Oceania.

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Penates

'Penates', by Clive Murray-White, is the portrait of an inconsistent idealist is a large marble sculpture located in Little Fogarty Park.

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Migration North

Brian Robinson's Cairns Esplanade sign totems are an entrance statement located at the northern end of the Cairns Esplanade.

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