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.
Antonio Sannino, born in Naples in 1959, displayed an inclination for art from a young age. He currently works with Liquid Art System with locations in Capri e Positano.
The 2014 Octagon Project - Inner Outside – is a grand 360° view over New York City, as seen from the Empire State Building. Sannino transports the viewer into the painting through his vision of New York City, as if wearing virtual reality glasses.
Commissioned to create a grand focal point for Collins Square, the artwork references Mr Olsen’s King Sun mural 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.Watch Video
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.Watch Video
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.
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.
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.
Drawing inspiration from recent travels to Cuba & South America, Tyrone Write (Rone) has transformed the laneway connecting Brentani Way and Batmans Hill Drive with a one of a kind colourful mural. Rone combined the use of handmade tiles, cracked cement render, multiple layers of paint and a portrait of his muse Zhoe Trotter to created vivid paintings which bring character and colour to Collins Square. This mural was commissioned by Walker Corporation and was completed in 2018.
These two vibrant pieces form part in a series composed by traditional owner of Tjala country, Yaritji Young, called the Tjala Tjurkurpa (Honey Ant Story). The series tells the story of the honey ants, a favoured food source, which burrow underground beneath the Mulga trees. The twisted lines and shapes imply the tunnels (nyinantu) and cavities formed by the ants, and also the drill holes by the Pitjantjatjara people from when they go searching for them.