Floodlines, by Australian artist Alice Lang, is a dynamic visual marker for Waterline Park, a new active urban community space that forms part of the Queens Wharf development. Curated by a panel of local and international experts including Chris Saines, Avril Quaill, Alison Kubler and Natasha Smith, the work was delivered from curation through to installation by UAP, in collaboration with the artist.
The brightly coloured artwork includes a mural to the underside of the Riverside Expressway, a soft fall ground plane, brightly coloured gym equipment and night activated lighting elements. The predominantly graphic work, with sub-tropical colour palette, is inspired by marble patterns synonymous with the cover pages and book spines of historical volumes and records. Ink which is mixed with water to create this traditional marble effect is abstracted and controlled by water, which was a key inspiration for Lang in seeking to evoke memories and notions of record keeping, and to depict traces of Brisbane’s 2010-11 flood. A line of symmetry within the pattern indicates the 2011 flood peak level, connecting the site with its history and asking the viewer to consider notions of regeneration and resilience.
Image credits: Cian Sanders