Yarrabilba Art Program
  • Daniel Wallwork, Microcosm, 2016. Photo: A J Moller
  • Phil Price, Inflorescence, 2016. Photo: A J Moller
  • Artist Evangeline Goodfellow with community painting 'Bursting Blooms'. Photo: A J Moller

CREATIVEMOVE is currently working with Lendlease to deliver the Yarrabilba Art Program for precincts 1 and 2 of the Yarrabilba community. Yarrabilba is a Lendlease master-planned community situated approximately 40 kilometres south-east of Brisbane near Logan. The site has an overall area in excess of 2,000 hectares and, once completed (approx. 30 years), will house approximately 45,000 people in over 17,000 dwellings. Yarrabilba, meaning ‘place of song’, is so named by the Aboriginal people of the Yugambeh language group who, before the arrival of Europeans, occupied the area of land between what are now known as the Logan and Albert rivers.

The first two artworks commissioned as part of Lendlease’s Yarrabilba Art Program are Inflorescence by Phil Price and Microcosm by Daniel Wallwork. Both works respond to the curatorial rationale of ‘flourish’, a word with dual meaning ‘to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as a result of a particularly favourable environment; and a bold or extravagant gesture or action’.

Inflorescence, an iconic kinetic artwork by New Zealand artist Phil Price, celebrates the arrival to Yarrabilba and comprises two bold playful elements at either end of the Darlington Parklands. The dynamic components move gracefully in response to the breezes and provide an ever-changing work, creating continual intrigue for the growing Yarrabilba community. Inflorescence also pays homage to its inspiration, the Grevillea robusta, commonly known as the Silky Oak, a tree local to the area that is known for its unmistakable orange cone-like flower.

Yarrabilba’s inaugural Artist in Residence, Daniel Wallwork created the striking artwork Microcosm, which now sits proudly at the Yarrabilba Display Village. Over a two-week residency at Yarrabilba, Daniel researched local histories and ecosystems, and conducted workshops with community members, which resulted in the creation of this artwork located at the Display Village. Microcosm draws our attention to the small seed pods of the Twiggy Myrtle (Baekea Virgata) found throughout the waterways of Yarrabilba. These unassuming seed pods remain on the tree and only reveal their full beauty once they flower and flourish.