Art

Muhammed Ali

by Travis Vinson

The gloves are off, and the artwork’s in: Fish Lane is officially your go-to dining precinct. Sitting above shipping-container-turned-restaurant Hello Please, this Travis Vinson mural recreates an iconic image of Ali.

Steam Machine

by James and Eleanor Avery

Things are getting steamy up in Fish Lane! Is it ‘cause we’re so good looking? Maybe, but it’s also thanks to James and Eleanor Avery’s Steam Machine, an installation throwing back to the days of the Brisbane Steam Laundry and Eodone Aerated Water Company. The two sculptures, mimicking jets of steam, sit on the corner of Hope Street and Fish Lane. Coloured blue to mirror the colour of water, and made from rolled and faceted aluminium to craft a unique light play, this Fish Lane artwork is designed to catch the eye.

Head in the Clouds 2

by Fintan Magee

In Brisbane, it’s always cloudy with a chance of genius – something proven by the works of Fintan Magee. A Brisbane local at heart (now internationally renowned for his work), Magee designed the piece as homage to the industrial aspects of Brisbane history. The large-scale mural sits across from The Fox Hotel, on the opposite corner of Fish Lane and Hope Street. It depicts a woman with her face hidden behind clouds of fabric – inspired by discarded cloths found in the abandoned Rocklea Spinning Mills. Paying tribute to an earlier work of Magee’s, the mural represents the de-industrialisation of the South Brisbane area as factories and warehouses disappear, and the face of the area changes.

East of the Mountains and West of the Sea

by Lix North

Meet the pair standing over Fish Lane. At 10.5m tall, these two murals are incredible works of art in themselves – but the message is even more so. Undertaken by Brisbane’s Lix North, the two creations stand apart, gazing at each other from across Fish Lane in a juxtaposition of past and future. The past, represented by West of the Sea, has been given the face of Mr George Fish, the laneway’s namesake and proprietor of the old Fish Steam Laundry. The contrasting piece, East of the Mountains, takes on the face of the artist herself. This artwork represents the departure of industrialism as the area takes on a new, artistic face.

A Life Long Promise

by Jodie Connolly

There are plenty of promises in Fish Lane – promises of great food, sensational bars, and a one-of-a-kind experience – but Jodie Connolly’s artwork depicts a promise that changed scores of lives for the better. After World War I, Legacy House upheld a promise made on the battlefield to support and care for the families of those who never made it home. For nearly a century, Legacy House has provided essential support to those in need, and this mural pays homage to those who could make it happen.

Echo

by Nike Savvas

Standing at a crossroads never looked so good. A descending laneway joins Fish Lane with Melbourne Street beside the towering Melbourne Residences. Here, Australian artist Nike Savvas has designed an installation to remember. ‘Echo’ is made up of 85 acrylic discs suspended above the laneway, each with different colours and opacities. The discs overlap in a kaleidoscope of colour, transforming throughout the day as light hits it differently. Savvas’ artwork echoes the immersive design of Fish Lane itself – a mix of lifestyle, dining, and historic spaces.

Grateful Fateful Sunshine Rain

by Kuuki

Cloudy with a chance of style. There’s more than meets the eye in eclectic Fish Lane – and nowhere more so than Kuuki’s unique artwork, Grateful Fateful Sunshine Rain. The geometric installation weaves its way down a building in gleaming colours; but the truth behind the lightshow is far more impressive. Every evening, the artwork downloads the next day’s forecast from the Bureau of Metereology, broadcasting this in spectacular displays of patterned light. From temperature to humidity, wind speed, and precipitation, everything about tomorrow’s weather will tell in the artwork’s visage, a day-to-day representation of the famous Sunshine State.

Fish Lane

by Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong

Move over, Yellow Brick Road – Brisbane’s got you beat. A playful mural weaving its way down Fish Lane’s road surface, the patterned artwork leads pedestrians on the city’s greatest voyage of discovery. Individual scales intertwine to form a flowing river – a play on the laneway’s moniker. Unlike large-scale public spaces, crammed with crowds and stilted displays, a laneway has rhythm; a chance to flow, to lead its guests on a journey, much like the river this work embodies.

Gold Ripples and Afloat

by Drapl

With the assistance and support of Queensland Rail, artist Drapl was able to craft an extension of the popular G20 summit Pillars Project. Set beneath the South Brisbane railway, the two works add visual appeal to the laneway’s more practical corner.

Pocket Park

by RPS Landscape Architects

South Brisbane is becoming a hub of lifestyle destinations – from the towering Melbourne Residences to every restaurant you could crave for. Street art, meeting places, and an ever-evolving landscape distinguishes it from the area’s once industrial past – something RPS Landscape Architects’ Pocket Park makes abundantly clear. Previously a bricked off space unused by the public, the miniature park invites guests to the laneway to stop, pause, and chat in the unique green space.

The Harvest

by MIMI

When it comes to visiting Fish Lane, there’s only one response: wine not? From a showcase of some of Brisbane’s finest bars to artwork by icons like Mimi, this laneway will have you at merlot. The Harvest represents the four stages of wine production: grow, harvest, produce, and drink. This piece celebrates the sustainable, farm-to-table mindset seen so often in South Brisbane – from pop-up producer dinners at Wandering Cooks to dishes touted by restaurants Gauge, La Lune Wine Co, and Billykart.

Horse

by Sortwo

You could say we’re the pillar of the Brisbane community. Two more pillar works were commissioned in 2017, crafted by Sortwo as part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival. Ascension refers to the transformation of street art, infusing graffiti, fine art, and design in a step forward for local artworks. Horse is a semi-deconstructed piece, detailing a surreal illustration of a horse head in three separate pieces.

Totems Of Nature

by Gris One

Bringing the tropical vibes and exotic colours of South America into the heart of Fish Lane is Columbian street artist Gris One, with this piece commissioned by 2018 Brisbane Street Art Festival. While the spirited blocks colours blend on the wall like the hues of a sunset, this piece tells a story of stark contrasts.  Australia and Columbia are indeed very different cultural and physical landscapes. Yet somehow, the corroboration of both influences makes for a very pretty picture.

Nice To Meet You Again

by Bao Ho

A flying dragon, a fish house, and a turtle island… it sounds unlikely, but you can spot them all blended seamlessly in this aquatic-coloured masterpiece. Gracing the brick façade of Miss Green Beans on 105 Melbourne Street, Nice to Meet You Again is Hong Kong artist Bao Ho’s first contribution to Brisbane’s art scene. Akin to how admirers look for the smaller images in this large-scale mural, the artwork personifies Ho’s personal search for “me” against the backdrop of a bigger picture. Its vivacious blues, flowing water, and abundance of painted sea creatures is a nod to its location across from Fish Lane.

The Finished Wall

by Sofles

Adorning the wall of 75 Fish Lane, this Janus-esque mural of monochromatic vividness and multiple female faces is the definition of striking. The paint may be black and white, but the meaning behind the art? That lies in a grey area. Interpretation aside, admirers will appreciate how artwork showcases local artist Sofles’ signature three dimensional, yet traditional style.

The Unknown

by Brett Piva & Craig Black

Despite projecting “The Unknown” this typography piece, the first to adorn Fish Lane, is one that all the best artists in Brisbane are in the know about. Created among the fun and fervour of 2018’s Fish Lane Festival, this piece was made in celebration of design and the world’s greatest creatives. A collaborative effort between famous artists, local Brett Piva and Craig Black of Glasgow fame, “The Unknown’s” signature elements are its three-dimensional effect and streaks of colours – think lime greens, mustard yellows, blues and blatant pinks – that should clash, but somehow work together so well.

Greener Dogman and Rabbitwoman

by Gillie and Marc

International duo Gillie and Marc’s iconic installations can be found all over the world, including New York; and now the pair’s Greener Dogman and Rabbitwoman call Fish Lane home. Topiary inspired, Greener Dogman and Rabbitwoman symbolises ties to Mother Nature as well as the unification of a dog and rabbit, two beings who otherwise wouldn’t get along in the wild. This piece was created to show that love is the most powerful force of all.