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Collins Square

Creating an Inspiring Artistic Centre

Embracing signature art pieces for the Collins Square community

An art installation by John Olsen in the lobby of Collins Square


Collins Square has invested in a number of significant public art pieces. Iconic Australian artists John Olsen, Dion Horstmans and Michael Johnson have created signature works for the precinct and a tremendous piece of art from revered Aboriginal artist Tommy Watson is also housed at Collins Square.

These major commissions set the tone for Collins Square's commitment to creating an inspiring artistic centre within a world class corporate and retail environment.

John Olsen

Commissioned to create a grand focal point for Collins Square the 6 x 8m work revisits themes from his celebrated ‘King Sun’ piece housed at the National Gallery of Australia.

Residing in the Tower One & Two lobby, it draws inspiration from images of solar flares provided by NASA and is the largest piece from the artist since ‘Salute to the Five Bells’, created in 1982 for the Sydney Opera House.

Olsen has specifically created a bright work filled with yellows, vermillion and oranges in an attempt to bring his sun to Melbourne.

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John Olsen painting entitled 'Rising Sun'

Dion Horstmans

Constructed from over 100 separate pieces of welded tubular steel the specifically commissioned ‘Supersonic’ is an electrifying installation that encourages interaction within the public space.

This epic bright yellow, geometric work by Sydney sculptor Dion Horstmans took inspiration from an F18 jet breaking the sound barrier and creates a landmark entrance to the Collins Square precinct.

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Dion Horstman's installation entitled 'Supersonic'

Michael Johnson

Commissioned for the Tower Four lobby space at Collins Square, ‘Oxide and Oceania’ is painted as an homage to earth, water and light. It represents the conditions of light in nature that is always shifting; and elements that are always interlocking.

Michael Johnson painting entitled 'Oxide and Oceania'

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson

Yannima Pikarli (Tommy Watson) is internationally recognised as one of the most significant aboriginal artists of our time and is considered a pioneer of contemporary indigenous abstraction. The culmination of his artistic career is undoubtedly his 6 x 8 metre masterpiece, Ngayuku Warnka Tjukurpa, the largest and most impressive painting by an individual Aboriginal artist. You can find this piece on display in the lobby of Tower Five.

Find another Watson piece “Ngyauku Ngura” on display in the lobby of Tower Three, you will also find a piece by Esther Giles Nampitjinpa in this lobby space.

Tommy Watson painting entitled 'Ngayuku Warnka Tjukurpa'

Rikki Kasso

Rikki Kasso is a native New York multi-disciplinary artist who now lives in Byron Bay.

The 2014 piece ‘Time Flies’ measures 2.8 x 5.2m, and has been created using Sumi Ink. This piece can be seen in the Sky Lobby of Tower Four.

Rikko Kasso painting entitled 'Time Flies'