by Chris Trotter
A little bird told me that you can spot a gorgeous sculpture standing tall at the tail end of Fish Lane! Cormorant by Chris Trotter is a bronzed piece sculpted out of recycled motor parts that not only pays homage to Chris’ other pieces littered throughout South Brisbane (some of which have graced the area since Expo 88!) but also looks stunning against a bright blue sky.
by Travis Vinson (Drapl)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
by Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong
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.
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.
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.
The Finished Wall
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.
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.