Story Marker Project - Gateway Public Art 

Main Street Village, Tamborine Mountain -  Public Art Brief

The Scenic Rim Regional Council  is seeking submissions from artists/artist teams for the creation of a Gateway Public Art work as part of the Main Street revitalisation.

Up to three artists /artist teams will be selected to develop and present a concept design for the site.   The preferred concept design will be selected and the artist / artist team engaged to fabricate the works ready to install by 1 March 2018

Summary for Submission

Location - Median Main Street Tamborine Mountain

Artwork Budget - $70,000

Submissions Open - 1 August 2017

Submissions close - 18 August 2017

The Concept - Gateway Marker Artwork 

The Gateway artwork is to be designed specifically for its location and addressing the scale, context and design language of the area. The artwork is to be a contemporary in nature, innovative and create a unique aesthetic signature to the surrounding area.

The long term success of the artwork rests on its ability to creatively interpret the identity of its place and people and the integration of the artwork within its site. 

The artwork should act as a Wayfinder, a visual marker that draws foot and vehicle traffic into Main Street to discover the unique space over the rise.  


In creating a concept for the Gateway Artwork there is an opportunity for a design that

·       Is a Visual landmark that can be viewed from all directions

·       Uses subtle lighting to illuminate the work at night

·       Alludes to the spirit of Tamborine Mountain and character of Main Street

·       References local personalities , creatives, artists, Indigenous culture or  historical events,

·       Is inspired by patterns or forms  from the natural landscape or built environment

·       Creatively interprets Main Street and complements the revitalised streetscape / Master Plan design

·       Incorporates the existing "Main Street Village" signage/ text


Please note

It is a condition of this project brief that the work MUST be installed by 1 March 2018 to coincide with the Queens Baton Relay for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. An extension to the deadline will not be granted


Story Marker Project - Story Sculptures 

Fire and Light Beacons Project - Public Art Brief

The Scenic Rim Regional Council  is seeking submissions from artists and story tellers from the Scenic Rim for the development of designs for the Fire and Light Beacon Project.

The project involves the creation of sculptural fire and light beacons for use during the Fires on Top of Mountains  program and will later be installed as permanent public art works across the region. Each cylindrical sculpture will comprise of 2 x 2400mm x 1200mm rolled steel sleeves joined to form a single artwork.

Eight sculptures will initially become part of the Fires on Top of Mountains cultural program in 2018 during the Commonwealth Games before being permanently installed in towns or villages across the Scenic Rim as determined by Council.

SRRC is seeking submissions for the creation of a design that illustrates a unique story from a selected town in the Scenic Rim. Each artist submission must provide a design for two panels which will form a single cylindrical sculpture. 

 There are opportunities for designs that address but not limited to the following ideas: 

·       Uses language and text to tell the story of the place

·       Incorporates traditional Yugambeh or Jaggera language and stories ( ensuring correct protocols are followed)

·       References the built environment of the township including its architecture and manmade structures.

·       References the natural environment including its creeks , rock pools mountains and also native flora and fauna

·       References the creative environment as a home of a vibrant arts and culture community

·       References the history of the region

·       Incorporates patterns from the environment

·       References the people past and present who have influenced a town's history.

There are opportunities for artists and story tellers to collaborate in the one submission (one fee only)

There are opportunities for submissions for multiple towns from the one artist.

Fire and Light Beacons Project Important dates:

  • Call for Submissions - 6 July 2017
  • Submissions close - 4  August 2017
  • Artists selected - 18 August 2017
  • Artwork completed 29 September 2017
  • Artwork fabrication - October 2017 -March 2018
  • Fires on Top of Mountains Fire on Water Finale -  15 April 2018
  • Permanent Installation in towns in the Scenic Rim - Post July 2018



Scenic Rim Story Marker Project 

Gallery Walk -Rhoda Rushbrook Park

The Story Marker Project is part of Scenic Rim Regional Councils Vibrant Towns and Villages (VTV) strategy which seeks to animate and activate the towns  and villages of our region with spaces for communities and visitors to gather, recreate and engage with our unique landscape. It involves improvements to infrastructure and the incorporation of art built in to enhance exploration, accessability, community identity, heritage, creative expression and connection to the environment.

Artists for each of the three projects have been selected to create  their proposed artworks. 

Strata Canungra by Russell Anderson and Rebecca Ward has been selected for the $60,000 Gateway  Public Art work for Pine Street, Canungra 

Description: a place marking sculpture that promotes the connected layers of diverse natural and human value and meaning. Constructed of layers of machine cut 8mm Australian produced weathering steel, the sculpture is 2.9 metres in height. Together the perpendicular layers depict a topographical view of the surrounding region. The installation will also feature the wording Jingeri Jingeri Valley of the Owls on the base. Canungra derives its name from the Aboriginal words for small owl, while Jingeri means welcome in the Yugambeh language.

Flame Tree, Stone Fruit by Paul Stumkat  has been selected for the $25,000  Play Artwork for Gallery Walk Tamborine Mountain 

Description: Inspired by the Acerifolius or Flame Tree common to the region, the sculpture combines the shape of its seed pods and leaves into tactile forms that encourage children to climb over and through the textured surfaces. They will be produced using Beaudesert Gosford sandstone to enable fine details and delicate colouring to be incorporated


The Bower by Richard Howie and Nicole Jeske has been selected for the $75,000  Gateway Marker Sculpture work for Gallery Walk, Tamborine Mountain 

 Description: Inspired by a local, endemic, rainforest dwelling artisan - 

the satin bower bird. The male creates a unique bower to attract a mate into his space, just as we would like to attract others into our beautiful part of the world. The stylised 5.8-metre high bower gateway will create a unique, beautiful, iconic sculpture that is both inviting and intriguing. It will be crafted from locally sourced Australian hardwood, specifically Iron Bark.

For more information or to register your interest in future public art opportunities contact:

Mark Paddick, Cultural Projects Officer, Scenic Rim Regional Council, PO Box 25 Beaudesert Qld 4285 or email


Scenic Rim Regional Council has received $100,000 from the Queensland Tourism Infrastructure Fund, an initiative under the Australian Government's Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) program, administered by the Queensland Government through the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games for the Story Markers Project to revitalise the communities of Canungra and Tamborine Mountain.



What is Public Art?

The term public art refers to works of art in any media that have been planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the physical public domain.

Public Art is about artistic expression. Integral to the character of the place, in its diversity and quality it provides an insight into cultural life and values of a community. It plays a strong role in creating and celebrating the communities’ sense of place and identity.

The Scenic Rim has a rich heritage of commemorative sculptures and monuments and an increasing number of contemporary art works located within region. The council supports the commissioning of a broad range of pieces that enhance the environment and communicate ideas that contribute to place making.

Historically, Public Art was dominated by commemorative sculpture. For the purposes of the policy, Council recognises the significance of memorials and monuments in the life of the community and intends that this policy will also encompass such installations.

Public Art can include:


• Development of community facilities

• Development of public precincts and places

• Interpretation of place and local stories

• Cultural animation and cultural programming, including festivals and public events

• Permanent, temporary or ephemeral installations

• Land art and work with landscape architects

• Visual artworks including painting, sculpture, installation and digital media

• Artworks that have functional aspects such as reception areas, water features street furniture and signage

• The design treatment of architectural spaces and hardware

Public Art and Collections Guidelines

The Public Art and Collections guidelines have been developed by Scenic Rim Regional Council to:

• recognise the diverse nature of Public Art expression.

• increase understanding of Public Art through interpretation, engagement and education.

• encourage and support initiatives that provide interpretive signage and Public Art that has local or regional relevance, explains meaning behind place names and gives insight into natural and cultural heritage of our towns, villages and significant related sites.

•ensure that artworks held in the public domain are of high artistic standard and their selection or acquisition follows the processes outlined in the Public Art and Collections Guidelines.

 Art Reference Group (ARG)

The Art Reference Group (ARG) is an advisory group of industry and community stakeholders whose advice is sought with regard to the commissioning, acquisition, purchase, de-accession, donation, approval and funding of Public Art. The committee meets four times a year or as required to provide advice and feedback on the  Public Art Projects. It identifies opportunities for public art within Council’s Strategic Management Plan and gives advice regarding marketing and promoting the region through public art. 


For further information please contact:

Scenic Rim Regional Council
Public Art Officer
Mark Paddick
82 Brisbane Street / PO Box 25, Beaudesert QLD 4285
T 07 5540 5351 | F 07 5540 5051 |