New artwork a welcome sign for Redlands Coast

Installation of a striking, 11 metre tall artwork that will greet people as they enter Redlands Coast from the north has begun.

The creation by ARTVENTURE’s Paul D. Johnson and Gail Mason, called Passages, will be installed at the corner of Moreton Bay and Redland Bay roads, Capalaba – the northern gateway to the city.

Mayor Karen Williams said the artwork’s theme was strongly connected to the area, telling the story of Aboriginal history, white settlement and the exchange between cultures that continues today.

“The work is based on a seed pod, with its arms depicting the Tingalapa Creek crossing, scar trees, the ringtail possums or ‘kapalla’, from which the area’s name comes, and the bora rings of the Quandamooka People,” she said.

Artist and sculptor Paul D. Johnson at work on ‘Passages’.

“The 11 metre tall central column is a representation of the Phaius orchid, which is native to the area, while the timbers at the base are from the original bridge that crossed Tingalpa Creek circa 1874.

“Subtly lit with colours inspired by local flora and our coastal environment, it will be especially stunning at night and a welcome sight for residents returning home and visitors to Redlands Coast.”

Division 9 Councillor Paul Gleeson said artist Paul D. Johnson had worked in Capalaba previously, having created Scribble (2003), the Capalaba Regional Park entry statement, which also uses original timbers from the first Tingalpa Creek bridge.

“Work began this week and, all going well, Passages should be in place late next week,” Cr Gleeson said.

“It is part of Council’s vision for a revitalised Capalaba town centre, with plans progressing to transform the nearby shopping precinct into a new town square with improved public transport access and a new library and community facilities.

“This stunning entry statement is another step towards turning Capalaba into a safe and active urban heart that capitalises on its position as the entrance to Redlands Coast.”