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Brisbane Airport – Kinetic Artwork, Queensland, Australia

Brisbane Airport Artwork, Brisbane by artist Ned Kahn / studio Urban Art Projects / Hassell Sydney

page updated 31 Jul 2016 ; 13 Jul 2010

Brisbane Airport Artwork


Leading international art-based design studio Urban Art Projects (UAP) today announced their collaboration with artist Ned Kahn, Hassell Sydney and the Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) to convert Brisbane’s new Domestic Terminal short-term multi-level car park in to an eight-storey kinetic public art project.

After being engaged by BAC for the project Urban Art Projects (UAP) commissioned established American artist Ned Kahn who is known for his innovative works throughout North America and Europe.

Brisbane Airport Artwork Brisbane Airport Project
photos Courtesy of Urban Art Projects

Kahn, who has developed an international following for his artworks that incorporate the use of natural elements such as wind and light will collaborate with UAP and BAC’s design team to create a 5000 Sq m kinetic façade for the new Domestic Terminal short-term car park.

Viewed from the exterior, Kahn’s proven concept for one side of the car park will appear to ripple and move due to the wind passing behind 250,000 aluminium panels. Inside the car park, intricate patterns of light and shadow will be projected onto the walls and floor as sunlight passes through the kinetic façade. In addition to revealing the ever-changing patterns of the wind, the artwork has many environmental benefits by being designed to also provide ventilation and shade for the interior of the car park.

Urban Art Projects’ Chief Executive Officer, Ben Tait, believes the public art project is an ideal contribution to the Domestic Terminal’s redevelopment and for Brisbane.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Ned Kahn and BAC to develop a kinetic façade for Brisbane. Ned’s iconic work is truly mesmerizing and at this scale the result will be one that visitors pause to experience and Brisbane residents can be proud of.”

The new Domestic Terminal short-term multi-level car park is one part of a significant upgrade of the Brisbane Domestic Terminal and will also provide 5,300 undercover car spaces across nine levels, state-of-the-art way-finding technology, and innovative safety and security measures.

BAC Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe, said a number of additional artworks will be placed around the airport precinct, to enhance the culture and surroundings over coming months.

“We have established a relationship with Urban Art Projects through this Domestic Terminal art piece, and we intend to continue this relationship, delivering new artworks across the airport. This art will complement the cultural renaissance shift throughout Brisbane.”

The new car park and Ned Kahn public art façade will be completed and on display in late 2011.

Brisbane Airport Artwork images / information received Jul 2010

Another design by UAP in Brisbane:

Urban Art Projects’ sustainable artwork revitalises Brisbane car park

International studio Urban Art Projects (UAP) has completed a major art installation that transforms the streetscape of Albert Street, Brisbane, through the inventive reworking of an existing multi-storey car park into a highly sustainable, visually compelling art project.

Albert Street Artwork
photo © Apeture Photography

Albert Street Brisbane

The artwork, ‘Landlines’, by Jennifer Marchant was developed and crafted in UAP’s studio in Brisbane. Wrapping around three elevations of the car park, the piece is created from 549 powder coated, laser cut aluminum panels, all 1.2m x 3.6m. Collectively these components of the design have been beautifully worked to represent the contours of a map of Cunningham’s Gap and the Main Range, Brisbane.

Albert St Artwork
photo © Apeture Photography

UAP formed the challenging brief for an integrated artwork that is both uplifting and highly functional. Visually, the artwork acts as a veil that conceals the exterior of an unsightly car park. The flowing lines of aluminum in the installation progressively diminish until only a thread like expression on the northern elevation remains.

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Urban Art Projects is a specialist design consultancy creating site-specific art and design commissions for architectural and landscape environments.

The firm ensures that art and design outcomes align with a project’s aesthetic and the client vision. It collaborates with project teams in master-planning, art strategy, artist appointment, design, construction, installation and project management to ensure the creative intent of an installation is preserved and delivered on time and to budget.
UAP offers a unique turn-key approach to commissioning large-scale artwork and creative design solutions, providing low-risk solutions for clients.

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