Trail captures new artwork and city's heritage

Published: 10 August 2018

Trail captures new artwork and city's heritage
Artist Craig Flood, Acting Logan Mayor Cherie Dalley and Browns Plains BMX coach Nathan “Lanky” Philps launch the Red spinner artwork at Waller Park.

The last of a series of five public art and heritage trail brochures – designed to raise awareness of arts, culture and heritage in the City of Logan – has been unveiled today.

The public art and heritage brochure features 27 points of interest on a trail between Browns Plains and Meadowbrook.

Logan City Council Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley said the self-guided brochure was the final in a series of five trails that travel through most of the city.

“Council has worked since May 2016 to map out and record public art and heritage items of interest in the city in five trails,” Cr Dalley said.

“These five colour brochures provide us with a comprehensive insight into the art and history which exists in the City of Logan.

“For tech-savvy residents, Council has also provided online versions which can be downloaded from our website, where residents can also find interactive maps to help plan their trips.

“Today we are also officially unveiling a new artwork which is part of the Browns Plains to Meadowbrook trail – Red spinner at Waller Park.

“Created by Craig Flood, this artwork on Browns Plains Rd is made from painted and laser-cut steel and will feature LED lighting.

“Red spinner reflects the activities, connections and diversity of the Browns Plains community.

“Around the top of the wheel patterned words reflect the people who live, work and play in the area.

“The words include community, diversity, local Aboriginal words for greetings ‘Gurumba bigi’ and ‘Jingeri’, the names of some BMX bike tricks and Browns Plains with its postcode of 4118.”

Cr Dalley said the project was supported by funds from Division 8.

The Browns Plains to Meadowbrook trail is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund which is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Logan City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

City Lifestyle and Community Committee Chairperson Councillor Steve Swenson said Red spinner was an eye-catching design.

“I congratulate Mr Flood, a Queensland artist, on being selected to provide the new artwork for this location, as his design was chosen over those by some international artists for the honour.

“He has been involved in the creation of many public artworks including at the Story Bridge redevelopment, the QUT station along the Inner Northern Busway and at the Southport Library.”

Cr Swenson said he encouraged the community to grab a copy of the public art and heritage trail brochures and spend some time exploring the City of Logan.

“Now that we have completed the series of five trails, people have access to some great information about a wide range of public art and historical features throughout the City of Logan,” Cr Swenson said.

Mapped by Logan City Council and then photographed by local storm chasing photographer, Marty Pouwelse, the brochures on the trail include schools, hotels, churches, cemeteries, parks, sculptures and murals.

Cr Swenson said the 35-kilometre trail from Browns Plains to Meadowbrook ran from Logan West Library to Riverdale Park and contained many interesting items.

“One of the highlights is Christopher Trotter’s artwork Mr Brown which is a ‘time piece’ inspired by the pioneering history of Browns Plains.

“Mr Trotter, a well-known public artist, has been producing his recycled metal sculptures for almost 30 years, working from his Boonah property to turn recovered materials into works of art.”

Cr Swenson said the trail also included a beautiful wooden seat carved with inspirational words at the Logan Metro Sports and Events Centre.

“Tribute to Gary was made by local artist and carver Steve Whitby as a tribute to the late Gary Campbell who was instrumental in helping achieve some of the city’s biggest sporting milestones.”

Cr Swenson said the popular Logan Recycling Market was also included on the trail.

“This is the ideal location to find some recycled materials to make into your own artwork.”

The heritage trail brochures are available from Council’s Customer Service Centres at Logan Central, Beenleigh and Jimboomba, Logan City Council Libraries, Logan Art Gallery, or they can be downloaded at logan.qld.gov.au/facilities-and-recreation/arts-culture-and-heritage/public-art as PDFs or interactive maps.