Deco and Urban Blooms, Mackay
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  • Deco Bloom II, Urban Bloom I and Urban Bloom II, 2015. All works - aluminium, stainless steel, automotive paint, LED lights. Photos: Jim Cullen Photography.
  • Urban Bloom I, 2015, aluminium, stainless steel, automotive paint, LED lights. Photos: Jim Cullen Photography.
  • Deco Bloom I, 2015, aluminium, stainless steel, automotive paint, LED lights. Photos: Jim Cullen Photography.
  • Urban Bloom II, 2015, aluminium, stainless steel, automotive paint, LED lights. Photos: Jim Cullen Photography.
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Mackay required a major refurbishment of its central business district in 2015. CREATIVEMOVE were instrumental in the planning, siting and implementation of a major public art commission in the Mackay CBD’s Wood Street.  In recent years Mackay has shown considerable ambition, vision and investment in public art. This project saw Mackay Regional Council commission CREATIVEMOVE and significant Torres Strait Islander artist Brian Robinson, whose development of public art in recent years has matched his growing exhibition profile and national stature, to develop engaging sculptures for the street. Four works were installed in November 2015, with a total budget of $275,000.

CREATIVEMOVE worked with Mackay Regional Council and Robinson to identify artwork sites along the street for four artwork locations, to optimise both public appreciation and amenity of the work. They worked directly with Robinson to develop his Urban and Deco Bloom concepts, which speak both to the Art Deco heritage of the built environment in the city and the fecundity and floral strength of plant growth in the tropics in Queensland’s far north.

In a time frame that was short (with project development, implementation and installation spanning April to November 2015), CREATIVEMOVE managed the design and fabrication of artworks with Robinson, oversaw production of the works to the required standard on time and within budget.

The Bloom sculptures within this streetscape reflect Brian Robinson’s fascination with botanical gardens, herbaria, botany and horticulture. They note the relevance and importance of nature, heritage and play, to strengthen the identity of the Mackay inner-city precinct as a landmark civic space. The hybrid sculptural forms are derived from the unique local flora found in the Mackay Botanic Gardens, the city’s renowned Art Deco architecture, as well as sculptural elements from Torres Strait Islander material culture.

Special thanks to: Brian Robinson; Mike Mooney and the Stainless Aesthetics team; Anna Thurgood and Alicia Stevenson from Artspace Mackay; Jim Carless and Adam Pearce from Mackay Regional Council, Vassallo Constructions, DCO Consulting and Jim Cullen Photography.