Public art spotlight
  • Last updated:
  • 26 Mar 2020

“Good public art should engender a sense of belonging. And of course this Transition Marker does exactly that. It was made for and about this place by someone who lived here for the best part of their adult life.” Beth Jackson.

Public art donation - Transition marker by Michael Foley 

Council has recently received its first formal public art donation, Transition Marker, by the late Michael Foley (1946-2016), into the Sunshine Coast Public Art Collection. The work so aptly titled was installed on 20th January 2020, perhaps also marking the transition to another decade.

Michael’s previous public artworks installed in Nambour, use the same material language as the newest addition to the collection. Constructed using reclaimed industrial materials, once considered scrap, Michael's salvaging of the material was perhaps a kind of statement to reclaim back the history, nature and the landscape of our community.

“Foley thought that making and instating these works was a kind of civic duty.” Beth Jackson

The intimate gathering to celebrate the new work was greeted with beautiful weather and warm smiles with family and friends to celebrate the journey the artwork has taken to finally stand in its resting place in the park on Technology Drive and Waterview Street, Warana.

We acknowledge Rod Forrester for his generous funding to enable the conservation, moving and installation of the work to its new home. We also acknowledge Maxwell Foley, Michael’s son who donated the artwork and to Beth Jackson who held the flame for the work over the years to ensure the work remains as a legacy to Michael's life here on the Sunshine Coast.

To read more of Beth’s moving speech and to connect more to part of Foley’s life, inspiration and history, download the speech[99KB].