Art on the Riverside
Art on the Riverside
Our gold and coal mining history, our iconic Queenslander homes and the traditional owners of our land all have a significant presence in Rockhampton’s Riverside Precinct. Specially curated for the Riverside, the public artworks each tell a unique story that reflects our community’s identity.
Belynda Waugh: Tilt
These five cast bronze and powder coated stainless steel houses on stilts represent Rockhampton’s iconic, highset Queenslander homes and can be found in the garden beds between Rod Laver Plaza and the children’s playground.
Raymond Garrett: Munda-Gadda (Rainbow Serpent)
Created by local Darumbal community member and artist, Raymond Garrett, the reinforced concrete rainbow serpent sculpture adds some bright colour into the area and has been designed to create the illusion that the serpent is coming in and out of the ground. The sculpture is located at the southern end of the Riverside Precinct in proximity to the Fitzroy Adventure Playground.
Statement by the artist - The Darumbal people believe that the Munda-Gadda created all the waters in the land, its rivers, creeks and streams, it created the underground rivers and lakes and the water in plants. My people, the Darumbal people believe that the Munda-Gadda is Tunuba (Fitzroy River). Having this piece run along the riverbank would be very significant for the Darumbal people.
Thomas Borgas: Alluvia
As you enter the grand staircase From Quay Street you won’t miss ‘Alluvia’ – a major cultural marker within the Riverside Precinct representing a powerful new addition to Rockhampton’s public art landscape.
Designed by nationally significant artist Tom Borgas, larger-than-life Alluvia rises from the ground in two halves – a composition that frames the river, the sky and the mountains. It is comprised of two fabricated rock formations rotated 180 degrees opposing one another with a 75cm wide gap between the two formations. The hollow structures are fabricated from folded, welded, and dressed aluminium sheet and painted in a two-tone colour palette referencing Rockhampton’s coal and gold mining heritage. Situated on the upper bank, Alluvia frames two natural icons; Mount Archer and the Fitzroy River.