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Brisbane Airport completes Skygate expansion with giant artwork

A giant reef inspired artwork has completed the $30 million Skygate expansion at Brisbane Airport.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) claims that the outdoor playscape featuring giant colourful fish inspired by Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is the fitting final touch to the project. 

The child-friendly artwork by Cairns artist Brian Robinson is located at the new entrance of the DFO development and includes 30 new DFO stores, alfresco dining, offices and a multi-level car park.

Julieanne Alroe, BAC's CEO and managing director, says the new artwork complements Brisbane Airport's extensive collection of public art displayed throughout the grounds and terminals which is believed to be the largest of its kind in Australia.

“Major art pieces can really transform public spaces and we’ve found that the millions of passengers and visitors travelling to and through the airport every year really appreciate and engage with the artworks on display," she enthuses.

“From the recently unveiled 750 metre long ‘Sensory Hug’ by the late Sally Gabori in the International Terminal Arrival’s Hall and the nine-storey kinetic façade adorning our Domestic Terminal car park, to ‘Keep the Sunshine’ by Sebastian Moody, each of these pieces shares a story about our city or state.

"It is a great honour to have Brian Robinson’s colourful creation showcasing the beauty of Queensland’s world-famous Great Barrier Reef as part of Brisbane Airport’s collection.”

Titled, ‘Woven Wonders of the Reef’, the artwork provides an interesting structure for children to interact with adding an element of surprise and delight for shoppers and visitors.

According to BAC it is the perfect addition to the growing Skygate precinct with the extended Corso pedestrian area providing a relaxing environment which will soon host a further five new alfresco dining options.


Artist, Brian Robinson, says his creation was inspiredby his childhood on Thursday Island.

“In the far north, Torres Strait Islander people weave coconut palm leaves to make shapes including the Angel fish,” he says.

“Woven Wonders of the Reef’ represents the many colourful schools of fish species in the waters around north Queensland.

“It offers children the experience of interacting with the Great Barrier Reef, one of the richest, most complex and diverse systems in the world, without getting their feet wet.

The Skygate precinct is Brisbane Airport’s retail, lifestyle and commercial hub, home to Queensland’s first 24-hour Woolworths, DFO, Golf Central, Novotel Brisbane Airport and a range of speciality stores.  

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