Art & Design

Brisbane’s GOMA Will Turn Into An Indoor Riverbed This Year

By James Shackell
13th Jun 2019


Good old QAGOMA are pulling out all the stops this year.

As part of their epic summer 2019/20 program, Water, the team are turning the gallery into an enourmous indoor stream. We’re talking running water, pebbles, babbling brooks—the full enchilada.

The piece is known as Riverbed, and it’s the work of Berlin-based, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.

Now if you’re thinking this is just some fiberglass-type arrangement, check yourself. Eliasson is assembling 100 metric tonnes of real rock to create the riverbed. Visitors will be able to walk and scamper all over it (but please, no rock stealing).  

Image credit: Olafur Eliasson

In fact, this is only the second time Riverbed has been on display. It debuted in 2014 at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, where critics described it as “post-apocalyptic”. Sounds wild.

Riverbed isn’t the only work being shown as part of the Water program. There will also be installations and exhibits from 40 international and Australian artists, including Cai Guo-Qiang’s work, Heritage: a blue watering hole that was inspired by North Stradbroke Island. You can get more info on the program here.

Image credit: GOMA

Tickets for Water will go on sale in September, and the program will make its big debut on 7 December this year.  

Get ready to explore the essence of wetness.  

The Details

Where: GOMA
When: 7 December 2019
For more info, click here.

Check out the new Magic Eye-style exhibition that just landed at QAG. 

Image credit: Olafur Eliasson

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