The Drover and His Mate find a new home

A public artwork originally commissioned for Brisbane’s World Expo in 1988 and preserved from the Landcentre at Woolloongabba during Cross River Rail demolition works in 2018, has now found a new home.

‘The Drover and His Mate’ by Artbusters was part of The Human Factor art series, and was relocated to the Landcentre after Expo88 finished.

For this latest move, the artwork was removed from a garden bed at the Landcentre and donated to Brisbane City Council’s Public Art Collection, who have re-cast the original fibreglass structures in bronze and installed them at a new location on King Street, in the RNA precinct.

The restoration of The Human Factor statues has been undertaken by Brisbane City Council as a celebration of the 30th anniversary of World Expo 88.Several figures from the series have been re-cast and relocated, and their new sites are documented in the World Expo ’88 Public Art Trail.

Demolition of the former Goprint, Landcentre and Dental Hospital buildings commenced in late 2017, and was completed in March 2019. This is one of the largest demolition projects undertaken in Brisbane, with 34,000 tonnes of material removed from the site over the 18month demolition period.

The Woolloongabba site will be where our massive tunnel boring machines will be launched from, to dig the project’s twin 5.9km tunnels under the Brisbane River and CBD.