Lights Falls on The Strand

Light Falls on Townsville's Strand
Crews work to insall Lights Falls on the Townsville Strand. IMAGE: Townsville City Council

A popular sculpture from the 2017 Strand Ephemera is making a permanent routine to the Strand this week as part of Townsville’s public art trail.

Light falls created by Melbourne artist Robbie Rowlands was originally commissioned by Townsville City Council in 2017. The 20m structure is made from a repurposed stadium light pole and gracefully falls over the Strand’s footpath, in tribute to the forces of nature that have wreaked havoc on the Strand’s manmade structures in by-gone years.

Light Falls is complete with gentle lighting, which the artist intended to invoke a sense of hope and resilience in the face of temporary set backs.

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Colleen Doyle said Light falls is a striking artwork that complements The Strand’s atmosphere.

Light falls was a fantastic addition to the Strand Ephemera back in 2017 and Council staff have been working with the artist and electricians to make this a permanent installation,” Cr Doyle said.

“The way the light pole falls gracefully across the pathway and illuminates The Strand is quite beautiful and unique, I’m glad we were able to have it on display again.”

Installation of the artwork is currently underway, and the sculpture is expected to be fully functional by the end of January.


To find out more about Townsville’s public art displays, visit the website here.

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