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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 consider a seem again at a lost but not forgotten Brisbane landmark — The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain — however the installation of a fountain in the Brisbane River in entrance of the Queensland Artwork Gallery was not element of the unique designs for the Queensland Cultural Centre.

When the Queensland Governing administration became mindful that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was to stop by the condition in 1977 as part of her Jubilee celebrations, the Governing administration was eager to have her stop by the Cultural Centre web site even although only preliminary internet site operates would have been finished.

Queensland Cultural Centre product

Queensland Cultural Centre Product that includes the Jubilee Fountain exterior the Queensland Artwork Gallery, 1977 / Image courtesy: QAGOMA Research Library

It was considered that the Queen would be reluctant to just lay a basis stone at the web site of the upcoming art gallery, so Cultural Centre architect Robin Gibson proposed a big 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 Foundation Stone ahead of a group of formal visitors and the community, surrounded by a flotilla of pleasure craft.

The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain celebrations

The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain celebrations at the Queensland Art Gallery South Bank web page, 11 March 1977 / Graphic courtesy: Sunday Mail, Brisbane / Collection: QAGOMA Study Library
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II all through the Silver Jubilee go to which marked the completion of the preliminary enhancement of the site, 11 March 1977 / Impression courtesy: Sunday Mail, Brisbane / Collection: QAGOMA Study Library
Sir David Muir, Chairman of the Queensland Artwork Gallery Cultural Centre Have faith in (remaining), with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II through the Silver Jubilee visit which marked the completion of the preliminary improvement of the web site, 11 March 1977 / Picture 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 Exploration Library

Silver Jubilee Fountain

The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain was developed as a tetrahedron, a pyramid of three triangles of equal dimensions, that sat previously mentioned the water line with 30 significant concealed pipes that shot h2o large into the air, and at night time it lit up the city skyline with a lot more than 90 lights.

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

The Jubilee Fountain became a Brisbane landmark and marked the placement of the upcoming long term dwelling of the Queensland Artwork Gallery until eventually its opening some five yrs later. The romantic relationship of the Brisbane River to the Gallery was reinforced with h2o components inside its interior, providing the two 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 notable and striking element of the inside was its central Watermall, a best companion to the exterior river fountain.

The Watermall also extended outside of the Gallery’s interior from 5 forged bronze Pelicans by Queensland sculptors Leonard and Kathleen Shillam from the japanese-side to the Dandelion Fountains established by innovative fountain designer Robert Woodward (identified for his fountain at Kings Cross in Sydney) by to the Gallery’s Sculpture Courtyard pond and waterfall to the west.

The Fountain malfunctioned continually, the pumps possessing to not only contend with the river’s tidal estuary and brackish drinking water, but the sand and mud silt flowing by way of the river. Sad to say Brisbane’s exclusive landmark in front of the Queensland Art Gallery was only appreciated for one more three decades soon after the Gallery’s opening right before it was decommissioned in 1985. 

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

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Extra investigation and supplementary materials by Elliott Murray, Senior Electronic Internet marketing Officer, QAGOMA, sourced from the QAGOMA Research Library Special Collections.

Highlighted graphic: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the duration of the Silver Jubilee visit which marked the completion of the preliminary progress of the website, 11 March 1977 / Image courtesy: Sunday Mail, Brisbane
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