A flock of spectacularly coloured birds will swoop into Brisbane this September with a simple but powerful message: look up and smile.
Internationally renowned visual artist Florentijn Hofman has created six giant Gouldian finches for Messengers of Brisbane, a public installation bringing hope, joy and art exclusively to Brisbane from 4 – 26 September 2020 as part of this year’s Brisbane Festival supported by Tourism and Events Queensland.
The vibrant, larger-than-life sculptures will be perched atop some of the city’s most iconic landmarks for the duration of the Festival: Queensland Museum, QPAC, South Bank, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and the Goodwill Bridge.
Based in the Netherlands, Mr Hofman worked with Brisbane’s Urban Art Projects to bring his concept and designs to life.
Gouldian finches, also known as rainbow finches, are recognisable by their vivid feathers and bright colour, a trait that is amplified in Messengers of Brisbane.
Brisbane Festival Artistic Director Louise Bezzina said each finch will wear a party hat, creating colourful beacons that inject a sense of fun throughout the city.