The Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade will reduce traffic congestion and improve safety, but it is more than just a road project.

It will also create an entry statement to Brisbane, transforming one of the city’s most significant routes into a vibrant urban corridor with the Brisbane River as the centrepiece.

Public artwork is being commissioned and installed to encourage residents and visitors to explore this well-known but less frequently visited reach of the river.

One of the key pieces of artwork to be included is a series of art beacons. The art beacons will be designed to maximise public access to the river and create wayfinding markers to encourage exploration and make it easier for visitors to move around the local area.

The artwork will comprise sculptural forms that may include programmable lighting as well as some beacons designed to incorporate climbing plants.

Clusters of these beacons will be positioned at key locations and public spaces, including Cameron Rocks Reserve, Bretts Wharf and along the new river walk structure.

Community Update - Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade - Art

Public Art Process

Two highly regarded artists, Fiona Foley and Kenji Uranishi, have been engaged to prepare concept designs for the beacons.

Following consideration of the beacons’ location, artistic merit, feasibility and community feedback, detailed designs will be developed and delivered as part of the upgrade.

Both artists have drawn on local history to develop their concepts, with consideration given to a diverse range of events and eras such as Aboriginal, aviation and World War II history, early settlement, sport and trade.

Please download the newsletter for more information regarding the concepts.

Your Feedback

Lendlease is seeking your feedback on the art concepts included in the newsletter. The artists will refine their concepts and consider all community feedback before finalising their detailed designs.

Provide your feedback by Friday 21 July 2017 by:

  • completing and returning the feedback form included in the newsletter to PO Box 815, Hamilton QLD 4007
  • emailing the team at
  • speaking to a member of the Lendlease team by phoning 1800 084 383
  • attending the information sessions on Wednesday 5 July or Sunday 16 July.

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