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 acquire a appear again at a dropped but not forgotten Brisbane landmark — The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain — however the installation of a fountain in the Brisbane River in front of the Queensland Artwork Gallery was not aspect of the first plans for the Queensland Cultural Centre.

When the Queensland Governing administration became mindful that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was to check out the condition in 1977 as section of her Jubilee celebrations, the Federal government was keen to have her check out the Cultural Centre web-site even however only preliminary internet site performs would have been completed.

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Queensland Cultural Centre Design showcasing the Jubilee Fountain exterior the Queensland Artwork Gallery, 1977 / Image courtesy: QAGOMA Study Library

It was considered that the Queen would be reluctant to just lay a foundation stone at the web page of the foreseeable future artwork 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 just before a crowd of formal visitors and the general public, surrounded by a flotilla of satisfaction 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 internet site, 11 March 1977 / Picture courtesy: Sunday Mail, Brisbane / Assortment: QAGOMA Analysis Library
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during the Silver Jubilee check out which marked the completion of the preliminary development of the internet site, 11 March 1977 / Image courtesy: Sunday Mail, Brisbane / Assortment: QAGOMA Study Library
Sir David Muir, Chairman of the Queensland Artwork Gallery Cultural Centre Trust (remaining), with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the course of the Silver Jubilee go to which marked the completion of the preliminary improvement of the internet site, 11 March 1977 / Image courtesy: Sunday Mail, Brisbane / Assortment: QAGOMA Investigation Library

The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain celebrations at the Queensland Art Gallery South Financial institution internet site, 11 March 1977 / Impression courtesy: QAGOMA Investigation Library

Silver Jubilee Fountain

The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain was made as a tetrahedron, a pyramid of a few triangles of equal dimensions, that sat previously mentioned the water line with 30 significant concealed pipes that shot drinking water significant into the air, and at evening it lit up the city skyline with far more than 90 lights.

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

The Jubilee Fountain grew to become a Brisbane landmark and marked the place of the future long-lasting home of the Queensland Artwork Gallery until finally its opening some five yrs later. The partnership of the Brisbane River to the Gallery was strengthened with drinking water aspects inside of its interior, delivering equally a actual physical relationship and serving as a parallel reflection of the river. When the Gallery opened at South Bank on 21 June 1982, the most well known and hanging feature of the inside was its central Watermall, a best companion to the exterior river fountain.

The Watermall also prolonged beyond the Gallery’s interior from 5 cast bronze Pelicans by Queensland sculptors Leonard and Kathleen Shillam from the eastern-side to the Dandelion Fountains made by ground breaking fountain designer Robert Woodward (recognised for his fountain at Kings Cross in Sydney) as a result of to the Gallery’s Sculpture Courtyard pond and waterfall to the west.

The Fountain malfunctioned continuously, the pumps acquiring to not only contend with the river’s tidal estuary and brackish h2o, but the sand and mud silt flowing as a result of the river. Sad to say Brisbane’s exclusive landmark in entrance of the Queensland Art Gallery was only relished for one more 3 years right after the Gallery’s opening before it was decommissioned in 1985. 

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Max Dupain, Australia 1911-1992 / Hunting throughout the river towards the Queensland Artwork Gallery 1982 / Selection: QAGOMA Investigation Library
Queensland Art Gallery and the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Fountain, June 1982 / Impression courtesy: QAGOMA Investigate Library / Photograph: Richard Stringer

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Showcased impression: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II all through the Silver Jubilee stop by which marked the completion of the preliminary advancement of the web-site, 11 March 1977 / Picture courtesy: Sunday Mail, Brisbane
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