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Urban Oasis: G:link wrap commission

Please note: this opportunity is now closed.

Vote now for Art on the Glink

We searched for artists to create an artwork on the Gold Coast’s own light rail – the G:link. The Public Art Reference Group narrowed the entries down to three of the best.

Now Gold Coasters will decide on the final artwork that wraps the G:link for the summer via GC Have Your Say, the community engagement runs 11 - 27 November 2016. The final artwork will flow from the Gold Coast University Hospital, through Southport, Main Beach and Surfers Paradise to Broadbeach as the G:link weaves its way along the Gold Coast. This is an initiative of the City of Gold Coast with support from the Queensland Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads, GoldlinQ and Go Transit.

The successful shortlisted Gold Coast artists are: Cynthia Cabello; Sara Firth and Mari Hirata.

Cynthia Cabello

Artist's statement: "The Gold Coast’s vibrant weather and lifestyle inspired the vibrant, energetic colours of this artwork. The organic elements depict the subtropical abundance of the Gold Coast while referencing the botanical history of the light rail route. These natural elements conjure movement within the piece as it winds past. The blue is the sky that we always see here as children play and love the Gold Coast.

Waves that flow through the veins of surfers and the surfers that ride the waves are an intrinsic part of the artwork. The many colours illustrate the multiple cultures that make up the Gold Coast."

G:link wrap finalist Cynthia Cabello Click to enlarge

Sara Firth

Artist's statement: "This artwork encompasses the Gold Coast, from the rainforest to the beach. The line work reflects the scenery on an individual level and the colour directs the beginning and end of each aspect.

The G:link becomes part of the artwork as it stretches from the city to beach – from day to night. Around the tram are little pictures and designs that reflect the type of people who use the light rail - families, workers, tourists and why they use the tram for work or for pleasure. From a hint of a Mistletoe bird and views of the Hinterland to the Broadwater and pelicans; every little piece of the Gold Coast is represented."

G:link wrap finalist Sara Firth Click to enlarge

Mari Hirata

Artist's statement: "This stems from an image featuring several hundred high heel shoes arranged in a form of cascading vines, swaying gracefully in the breeze. The forms and movement in the work capture the ephemeral and seasonal nature of the oceanic and botanical life encompassing the Gold Coast, while the gentle transition of colours from vivid blues to greens reflect our magnificent open skies, deep oceans and ample array of foliage.

The symbol of the multiple shoes evokes the light rail system, the abounding footsteps of commuters travelling from one destination to another."

G:link wrap finalist Mari Hirata Click to enlarge

This opportunity, described below, has now closed.

Are you an artist that is passionate about transforming our public spaces?

You can cover seven carriages on the Gold Coast’s light rail with your art. This is an opportunity to extend your practice as a Gold Coast based artist to a transport canvas. Expose your work to more than 21,000 commuters daily, and the general public, along the light rail corridor from South Broadbeach to Griffith University Hospital.

This is an initiative of the City of Gold Coast with support from the Queensland Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads, GoldlinQ and Go Transit.


In 2015, the City of Gold Coast developed the umbrella ‘Urban Oasis’ program which began with a significant public art commission for the corner of Elkhorn Avenue and Surfers Paradise Boulevard in Surfers Paradise. Urban Oasis signifies the pivot point between our vibrant nightlife and Surfers Paradise precinct with our city’s cultural heart – the cultural precinct in Evandale. Urban Oasis marks the beginning of the cultural corridor.

Urban Oasis is a three stage program:

  • Stage 1: Public art commission
  • Stage 2: Local artist mentoring
  • Stage 3: G:link wrap commission.

Collectively these projects are aimed at celebrating our distinct culture and environment, providing opportunities for local artists and transforming the light rail corridor.

Artist brief

The provocation for this commission is ‘Urban Oasis’. The intention for this artwork is to transform the way we see and experience our urban environment through the light rail system. The light rail is a dominant feature, bisecting our coastal urban space at ground level and creating a constantly moving canvas.

The curatorial framework threading through the Urban Oasis program is:

Art that grows - art that flows - art that glows.

Need some inspiration?

On Thursday 22 September 2016 we’re teaming up with Oven Creative for an inspiring night, chatting with Gold Coast and national artists and designers who have used public art as an opportunity to raise their profile and expand their portfolio. Oven Creative will be presenting: Dominique Falla, Kiel Tillman and Eddie Botha.

For more information check out the Facebook event.

To RSVP please visit Eventbrite.

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Selection process

Submit an Expression of Interest following the submission requirements. All documents including the Expression of Interest, G:link wrap technical drawings and templates can be found at our Urban Oasis G:link wrap commission information page. For high resolution EPS files of the technical drawings please contact Jenni Baxter, Senior Arts and Culture Project Officer on email:


Shortlisted artists will be invited to an optional mentoring masterclass with Queensland College of Art Deputy Director and renowned artist, Dominique Falla. Artists will be given the opportunity to interrogate their designs and develop their concepts further with input and assistance from Dominique.

A staged approach

Commissioning an artist for the G:link wrap will be completed in three stages:

  1. Call out for artists to complete an Expression of Interest for the light rail wrap commission. (8 September – 14 October 2016). EOIs will be assessed by a review panel with members of the Public Art Reference Group, mentor artist and a representative from the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
  2. Up to three artists then selected to move into stage 2 concept design. Artists will be paid a $3000 fee. Artists participate in a masterclass with Dominique Falla.
  3. Final artwork published on GC Have your say – Gold Coast public vote for their preferred design.

Closing date for Expressions of Interest: 14 October 2016

All enquiries please contact:

Jolie Clifford
Arts and Culture
Economic Development and Major Projects
City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042 GCMC QLD 9726
Telephone: 07 5581 7140

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