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Go back in time to the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain

Go back in time to the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain

We choose a look back again at a misplaced but not forgotten Brisbane landmark — The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain — on the other hand the set up of a fountain in the Brisbane River in entrance of the Queensland Artwork Gallery was not element of the unique strategies for the Queensland Cultural Centre.

When the Queensland Govt grew to become mindful that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was to visit the point out in 1977 as section of her Jubilee celebrations, the Government was keen to have her visit the Cultural Centre web page even however only preliminary internet site will work would have been done.

Queensland Cultural Centre design

Queensland Cultural Centre Product showcasing the Jubilee Fountain outside the Queensland Artwork Gallery, 1977 / Graphic courtesy: QAGOMA Investigate Library

It was thought that the Queen would be unwilling to just lay a foundation stone at the web-site of the foreseeable future art gallery, so Cultural Centre architect Robin Gibson proposed a large fountain in the river in time for the Queen’s stop by. Queen Elizabeth II activated the Jubilee Fountain on 11 March 1977 and laid the Basis Stone ahead of a group of official guests and the public, surrounded by a flotilla of enjoyment craft.

The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain celebrations

The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain celebrations at the Queensland Art Gallery South Financial institution web site, 11 March 1977 / Impression courtesy: Sunday Mail, Brisbane / Selection: QAGOMA Research Library
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II through the Silver Jubilee visit which marked the completion of the preliminary advancement of the site, 11 March 1977 / Picture courtesy: Sunday Mail, Brisbane / Collection: QAGOMA Research Library
Sir David Muir, Chairman of the Queensland Art Gallery Cultural Centre Belief (still left), with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during the Silver Jubilee pay a visit to which marked the completion of the preliminary development of the web site, 11 March 1977 / Graphic courtesy: Sunday Mail, Brisbane / Collection: QAGOMA Analysis Library

The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain celebrations at the Queensland Art Gallery South Bank internet site, 11 March 1977 / Picture courtesy: QAGOMA Research Library

Silver Jubilee Fountain

The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain was built as a tetrahedron, a pyramid of three triangles of equivalent proportions, that sat earlier mentioned the h2o line with 30 massive concealed pipes that shot water higher into the air, and at night time it lit up the town skyline with additional than 90 lights.

The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain / Courtesy: Queensland Art Gallery pamphlet, 1979 / Photograph: D McCarthy / Picture courtesy:: QAGOMA Analysis Library

The Jubilee Fountain grew to become a Brisbane landmark and marked the place of the upcoming long lasting home of the Queensland Art Gallery until its opening some 5 decades later. The partnership of the Brisbane River to the Gallery was reinforced with h2o elements within its interior, furnishing equally a physical relationship and serving as a parallel reflection of the river. When the Gallery opened at South Financial institution on 21 June 1982, the most distinguished and striking attribute of the inside was its central Watermall, a best companion to the exterior river fountain.

The Watermall also extended beyond the Gallery’s inside from five cast bronze Pelicans by Queensland sculptors Leonard and Kathleen Shillam from the japanese-side to the Dandelion Fountains produced by ground breaking fountain designer Robert Woodward (regarded for his fountain at Kings Cross in Sydney) by means of to the Gallery’s Sculpture Courtyard pond and waterfall to the west.

The Fountain malfunctioned frequently, the pumps getting to not only contend with the river’s tidal estuary and brackish drinking water, but the sand and mud silt flowing by the river. Regretably Brisbane’s exceptional landmark in entrance of the Queensland Artwork Gallery was only enjoyed for yet another a few years immediately after the Gallery’s opening ahead of it was decommissioned in 1985. 

DELVE Deeper: The historical past of the Queensland Artwork Gallery

Max Dupain, Australia 1911-1992 / Wanting across the river toward the Queensland Art Gallery 1982 / Selection: QAGOMA Analysis Library
Queensland Art Gallery and the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Fountain, June 1982 / Graphic courtesy: QAGOMA Investigation Library / Photograph: Richard Stringer

Additional investigation and supplementary content by Elliott Murray, Senior Electronic Marketing and advertising Officer, QAGOMA, sourced from the QAGOMA Exploration Library Special Collections.

Highlighted image: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II all through the Silver Jubilee take a look at which marked the completion of the preliminary enhancement of the web page, 11 March 1977 / Image courtesy: Sunday Mail, Brisbane
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