Community Unites to Create Iconic Symbol


A new sign will rise next to the Brisbane River, made entirely by Queensland’s diverse communities to celebrate the city ahead of the G20 Summit.

Premier Campbell Newman said eight branches from the Queensland Men’s Shed Association were each constructing a 3D letter that will form a 25 metre long ‘BRISBANE’ sign.

“The G20 Summit is a chance for Brisbane to shine, with the eyes of the world’s media as well as political and business leaders firmly on us,” Mr Newman said.

“Jobs, tourism and economic opportunities will be created and it is exciting to see volunteer groups getting involved ahead of the event.

“The BRISBANE sign will be a memorable representation of the diversity of our people and the role that Brisbane’s cultural, arts and not for profit associations’ play in our community.”

Mr Newman said the sign would be displayed alongside the Brisbane River in the lead up to and during the G20 Cultural Celebrations from 24 October to 16 November.

“It is an important symbol for our city, made by members of our diverse cultural, social and community groups for the greater community,” he said.

“The project really sums up what the G20 Cultural Celebrations are all about: Queenslanders from all walks of life, different ages and cultural backgrounds working together to make something special to share with people everywhere.”

Queensland Men’s Shed Association President Graeme Curnow said the organisation was proud to be entrusted with the construction of the Brisbane sign, by members with an extraordinary skill-set.

“This is a meaningful project that will help raise the profile of Men's Sheds in our State, encourage communication between Sheds and promote the Men’s Shed Movement,” Mr Curnow said.

After construction, each letter will have a canvas skin which will be decorated by Brisbane community associations including Pride Festival, Brisbane Youth Service, Amnesty International (Queensland chapter), Griffith University Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art, Multicap Association, MDA, Queensland Children’s Week and Queensland Country Women’s Association.

The letters will be returned to the Men’s Shed groups after the G20 summit. Accomplished Brisbane Artist Adam Head will curate the project.