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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 back again at a misplaced but not overlooked Brisbane landmark — The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain — nevertheless the installation of a fountain in the Brisbane River in front of the Queensland Art Gallery was not part of the unique strategies for the Queensland Cultural Centre.

When the Queensland Governing administration turned aware that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was to go to the point out in 1977 as component of her Jubilee celebrations, the Governing administration was keen to have her check out the Cultural Centre web page even nevertheless only preliminary web page performs would have been completed.

Queensland Cultural Centre model

Queensland Cultural Centre Design that includes the Jubilee Fountain exterior the Queensland Artwork Gallery, 1977 / Graphic courtesy: QAGOMA Investigation Library

It was believed that the Queen would be reluctant to just lay a foundation stone at the internet site of the potential artwork gallery, so Cultural Centre architect Robin Gibson proposed a substantial fountain in the river in time for the Queen’s pay a visit to. Queen Elizabeth II activated the Jubilee Fountain on 11 March 1977 and laid the Foundation Stone right before a crowd of official attendees 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 Artwork Gallery South Financial institution site, 11 March 1977 / Image courtesy: Sunday Mail, Brisbane / Assortment: QAGOMA Investigation Library
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II all through the Silver Jubilee visit which marked the completion of the preliminary development of the web site, 11 March 1977 / Image courtesy: Sunday Mail, Brisbane / Collection: QAGOMA Exploration Library
Sir David Muir, Chairman of the Queensland Art Gallery Cultural Centre Have confidence in (still left), with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the duration of the Silver Jubilee visit which marked the completion of the preliminary enhancement of the web-site, 11 March 1977 / Image courtesy: Sunday Mail, Brisbane / Selection: QAGOMA Analysis Library

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

Silver Jubilee Fountain

The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain was built as a tetrahedron, a pyramid of 3 triangles of equivalent dimensions, that sat higher than the h2o line with 30 big concealed pipes that shot drinking water superior into the air, and at night it lit up the town 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 Study Library

The Jubilee Fountain grew to become a Brisbane landmark and marked the posture of the long run permanent dwelling of the Queensland Artwork Gallery till its opening some 5 yrs later on. The romance of the Brisbane River to the Gallery was reinforced with h2o features within its inside, supplying equally a actual physical connection 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 characteristic of the inside was its central Watermall, a best companion to the exterior river fountain.

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

The Fountain malfunctioned consistently, 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 the river. Unfortunately Brisbane’s one of a kind landmark in entrance of the Queensland Art Gallery was only appreciated for yet another three many years following the Gallery’s opening ahead of it was decommissioned in 1985. 

DELVE Deeper: The historical past of the Queensland Artwork Gallery

Max Dupain, Australia 1911-1992 / Hunting throughout the river towards the Queensland Artwork Gallery 1982 / Assortment: QAGOMA Analysis Library
Queensland Artwork Gallery and the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Fountain, June 1982 / Image courtesy: QAGOMA Study Library / Photograph: Richard Stringer

Extra investigation and supplementary product by Elliott Murray, Senior Digital Internet marketing Officer, QAGOMA, sourced from the QAGOMA Investigation Library Particular Collections.

Featured graphic: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the course of the Silver Jubilee go to which marked the completion of the preliminary improvement of the web-site, 11 March 1977 / Image courtesy: Sunday Mail, Brisbane
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