Awaken residences gold coast
Awaken Residences Artist Impression (Supplied)
  • Awaken Residences will be 12-storeys high
  • Will be built on a 506sqm site in Coolangatta
  • 200sqm of the facade will be allocated to the artwork
  • Brisbane-based UAP is short-listing artists for the project

Awaken Residences, located atop the Point Danger peninsula on the Gold Coast, will be 12 storeys high on a 506sqm site at 275 Boundary Street.

S&S Projects, the developer, have allocated 200spm of the building’s eastern façade to the project for an innovative art installation – making it one of the largest art works ever commissioned for a private development in Australia.

The art piece will be reflective of the project’s unique location on the coastline that features 360 degree views across both New South Wales and Queensland.

“We are looking to create something extra special on this site with a work of art that combines the key elements of the relaxed Coolangatta lifestyle – the sun, sea and surf, whilst reflecting on the area’s history and geographical significance” said Paul Gedoun, S&S’s Managing Director.

“Apart from one of the most spectacular beachfront locations on the Gold Coast, with the waves of Snapper Rocks below where so many of our greatest surfers honed their skills, there is also so much local history to draw upon to inspire this artistic expression,”

“This has never been done on the Gold Coast on this scale before where the built form provides a blank canvas that will deliver a superb cultural focal point for the community to enjoy.”

Brisbane-based UAP (Urban Arts Projects), which is a global group that seeks to bring ‘uncommon creativity’ to the public realm, is working with the developer to conceive the innovative art piece.

Alongside workshops and studios in Brisbane, UAP also has facilities in New York and Shanghai and has delivered over 1500 projects globally.

Saskia Gilmour, UAP Curator, says the featured artwork will tap into the iconic sites historical and cultural elements.

“Our art strategy for Awaken Residences outlines the groundwork for what will be a creative beacon for the local community,” said Miss Gilmour.

“The strategy draws from considered research into the site’s character and history and frames a curatorial approach for a unique work that will reflect the distinct qualities of this place and its people,”

“Given the development’s unique position at the edge of the Queensland – New South Wales border, local artists from the surrounding regions will be highly considered for the commission.”

UAP is currently in the process of curating a short-list of artists who can then submit designs following S&S’s guidelines for the artwork.

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