Citizens Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
The vitality and beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is reflected in the Citizens Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, an iconic public artwork unveiled on the Cairns Esplanade on 31 August 2017.
The artwork is a symbol for Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, a social movement to engage the world in the future of the World Heritage area.
Nationally recognised Torres Strait Islander artist Brian Robinson was commissioned to create an iconic artwork that would anchor Cairns as the primary entry point for visitors to the Reef. His 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.
Creation of the artwork involved collaboration with local Traditional Owners the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji and the Yirrganydji people, artist Brian Robinson, Tourism Tropical North Queensland, the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef (CoGBR) Foundation, Cairns Regional Council, curators and project managers CREATIVEMOVE, fabricators UAP and site designer Total Project Group Architects.