Project Description

GLADSTONE EAST SHORES PHASE 1A

PROJECT | The Sentinel, Gladstone East Shores Water Park

ARTIST | Simone Eisler

CLIENT | Gladstone Port Corporation

iAM SCOPE | Curator and Public Art Management

STAGE | Completed 2014

An interactive sculptural artwork situated within the hugely popular water play park at the new East Shores – Gladstone Coal Exporters Maritime Precinct. The aptly named Sentinel, designed by artist Simone Eisler, stands over the water play park and is essentially about balance, but also a celebration of life in the region. “It is a jewel in the crown of what Gladstone has to offer,” said Eisler. “Whilst it provides shade and water play interactivity, it mirrors the life around it and allows the imagination of a place to soar. “I hope that children will create their own games around it and that the community will feel a sense of pride and ownership of the work.”

Eisler said the piece was inspired by maritime, aquatic and industrial imagery, as well as the history and geography of Gladstone and connections to country. “In developing a concept, I explored the colours and micro geometry of coral, shells, sea urchins, crustaceans, star fish and the surfaces of these creatures, including the scales of fish – particularly their iridescence. “I also investigated the maritime and industrial landscape of Gladstone Harbour, particularly the machinery and industrial processes, and the geometric shapes and jewel-like facets of minerals including coal.

“Another element that was central to the artwork was the theme of reflection, not only in terms of light reflecting off the water but also the idea of a community reflecting and communicating the links between family, culture and history,” Simone Eisler.

GLADSTONE EAST SHORES PHASE 1A

PROJECT | Aqua Linear, Gladstone East Shores Water Park Phase 1A

ARTIST | James Watts

CLIENT | Gladstone Port Corporation

iAM SCOPE | Curator and Public Art Management

STAGE | Completed 2014

The project supported the artist to develop a significant site specific entry statement for the new Gladstone Maritime Exporters Precinct Stage 1A project.

The major public artwork bookends the precinct and provides an interactive effect both during the day and night. It is a major contemporary artwork create by emerging artists James Watts that conceptually reflects the maritime history of the area. 

The design of Aqua Linear allows pedestrians to walk through the piece, entering the parkland via the artwork. Thus creating a significant entry statement to mark the importance of this landmark precinct for the community of Gladstone.

Aqua Linear also provides a new experience at different viewpoints around the site including from Auckland Hill using the Moire effect. It also incorporates lighting that transforms the artwork from daytime into the night.

GLADSTONE EAST SHORES PHASE 1B

PROJECT | Tell Tale, Gladstone East Shores Water Park Phase 1B

ARTISTS | Adrian Davis & Lubi Thomas

CLIENT | Gladstone Port Corporation

iAM SCOPE | Curator and Public Art Management

STAGE | Completed 2019

Telltale is a site-responsive artwork drawing inspiration from the social, environmental and historical context of the area.

This kinetic artwork reflects upon and is a visual articulation of the dynamic interplay between Wind, Water, Sail, and Hull. The work echoes a bygone era of wooden planked hulls and canvas sails, and the sleek lines of contemporary racing yachts. The maritime navigation numbering represents the start and finish lines for the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, and the third element pays homage to the classic sailing ketch the Laurabada, and her remarkable 50-year racing legacy.