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Brisbane’s Queen’s Wharf to feature digital artwork by Alinta Krauth and Jason Nelson

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One of the public artworks to be installed as part of the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane project has been unveiled.

The heritage-listed Printery Office, which was built in 1874 to print and store Queensland government documents, will become a giant canvas for 52 different digital light projections, one for each week of the year.

Created by Queensland husband and wife projection art duo Alinta Krauth and Jason Nelson, the artwork will be projected onto the north face of the building.

Called A Cottage Year, Ms Krauth said the digital art time machine was “an artistic throwback to the surroundings of the Brisbane Commandant’s Cottage in the early 1850s and 60s, around the when it was demolished to make way for The Printery Office”.

“There will also be a full-fledged augmented reality artwork, where visitors can explore even more of the court’s history.”

Mr Nelson says it is a “privilege” to be part of the new development.(Provided: Louis Lim)

Ms. Krauth and Mr. Nelson live in the Scenic Rim and have exhibited across the world in countries including Germany, America, Ireland and Norway.

Mr Nelson said it was ‘wonderful to be part of this cultural hotbed that is taking place in our own backyard’.

“Usually these kinds of artworks are temporary. All over the world you see examples of digital art on giant screens or buildings like in Times Square or at festivals. They appear for a short time, then disappear,” he said.

Light projection on the facade of the building
Ms. Krauth and Mr. Nelson have created works of art like this for spaces around the world.(Provided: Alinta Krauth and Jason Nelson)

Dean Prangey of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland said the printing office building had also housed a science centre, the state’s register of births, deaths and marriages and would soon be a center for restoration and Entertainment.

“It’s a perfect example of how to preserve the past using the present,” he said.

Brisbane Queen's Wharf
Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will open at the end of 2023.(Supplied: Destination Brisbane Consortium)

Work chosen to highlight the space

One of Australia’s best-loved artistic figures, Philip Bacon AO, who heads Queen’s Wharf’s specialist arts advisory board, said heritage buildings had been preserved at great expense, “so art needs to be a complement appropriate”.

Digital projection on building facade
Mr Bacon said a physical artwork could impede movement around the printing office on the site.(Provided: Alinta Krauth and Jason Nelson)

“The vision for the printing and yard office is a beautiful, active place that will appeal to locals and attract visitors from across the country and around the world,” Bacon said.

“A large static piece of art would be a barrier to the flow of people, but A Cottage Year, while not only beautiful on its own, will amplify the mood and magic of the place.”

The first of the site’s signature artworks was announced in February. It will be an eight-metre-high, eight-tonne bronze sculpture by world-renowned artist Lindy Lee, which will be installed at the George Street entrance to the resort grounds.

An oversized mosaic mural depicting an Australian lungfish by local artist Samuel Tupou was unveiled in April.

The digital artwork will be in place for the development’s planned opening from the second half of 2023.