Landing as Messengers of Mackay, Messengers of Townsville and Messengers of Blackall/Tambo, the work will see giant Gouldian finches in party hats, created by internationally renowned visual artist Florentijn Hofman, bring hope, joy and art to communities across Queensland.
Covering 3,300km, Messengers of Brisbane is a ground-breaking opportunity allowing a much-loved part of the Brisbane Festival to visit regional Queensland.
The stunning work will be seen by an estimated 143,000 visitors to Townsville’s North Australian Festival of Arts from 2 – 11 July, the Mackay Festival of Arts from 18 – 26 July and Better in Blackall festival hubs in Blackall and Tambo from 17 – 23 August.
The larger-than-life installations will be perched atop iconic landmarks and public spaces to inject a sense of fun and encourage visitors to explore each community.
In addition to viewing the beautiful giant finches, young people and their families can participate in a range of free workshops to create their own artwork and learn more about this endangered species.
The work made its world premiere at Brisbane Festival in 2020 when Brisbane Festival Artistic Director Louise Bezzina commissioned the colourful Messengers of Brisbane installation as a beacon of hope for the city following an extended COVID-19 lockdown.