A major public art work will be installed at a key site along the Gold Coast’s Light Rail corridor.

Council recently endorsed the commissioning of the work heralding a new future for public art. Mayor Tom Tate said the public art project will pick up on the theme – urban oasis.

“This will be a first of its kind for the Gold Coast. Never before have we commissioned and delivered public art at this scale or significance,” Cr Tate said.

“It’s expected that the calibre of artwork selected will put the Gold Coast on the map when it comes to public art,” he said.

The project is fully funded through a Queensland Government grant from stage 1 of the Gold Coast Light Rail project, funds set aside for public art.

A design competition to choose the successful artist led team delivering the public art project will be open to local, national and international artists in October.

Up to five finalists will be selected by the jury. These finalists will then be invited to develop their designs further, with the judging panel selecting the winning entry for endorsement by Council. The successful team will be invited to proceed to final installation by June 2016.

Cr Tate said the project was just the beginning.

“This project will sow the seeds for future city defining artworks. We’re developing a public art plan and revising our public art policy and creating a framework to give arts and culture momentum beyond 2018,” he said.

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