Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Tidal Indicator

Tidal Indicator
The Tidal Indicator is a sculpture created by artist Nola Farman, at Petrie’s Bight on the Brisbane River. It was installed in 2003 at the entrance to the Brisbane River Boardwalk. It was created as a commissioned work for the Devine company's then new apartment block River Place.

Tidal Indicator
Sydney based West Australian artist Nola Farman has been commissioned to produce large public artworks such as this and others in Brisbane and throughout Australia. She also has international renown, with her works in collections in Paris, London, Canada and New Zealand. I am slightly unsure whether the stonework at the base of the sculpture is part of the artwork, and I assume it is. The inscriptions are quite reflective of humanities place in the world with phrases such as Here and Now and There and Gone.

Tidal IndicatorI like how from certain vantage points the arch of the Tidal Indicator frames the Story Bridge. I also learnt something new as I researched this piece. "Littoral" means of or pertaining to the shore of a lake, sea or ocean. It is also used to reflect the area between the low and high water marks. This makes it ideal in referring to a tidal marker. If only our city's dam levels could reach these high water marks at the moment.

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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Little Miss Moi said...

Dear wes. That's pretty cool! I've never heard of it before. I'll have to check it out when next in Brisbane, although don't know when that will be :o(

Chris W said...

Thanks for another enlightening post. Is there any chance that the two ends of the blue arch mark average high and low water marks?

Interesting what a difference the perspective makes. The images on the "The Tidal Indicator" page seems to show the ends of the blue arch embedded in concrete, but your photo shows it ending in the water. Guess I'll have to get away from my PC and actually eyeball this.