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| BNE March/April 2015

Signof a bright



f everyone leaves Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal with a smile

on their face then artist Sebastian Moody (


) will be smiling as well

for that’s exactly the reaction he was hoping to get from his artwork


The Sunshine,

a massive three metres high by 28 metres wide text sculpture

that sits behind the row of customs desks on the way out.

“It has a sense of humour about it – it’s almost demanding people keep

smiling,” says Moody of his 3D artwork – a combination of yellow lettering,

back-lit for extra ‘pop’, standing almost a metre high on digitally printed

wallpaper. While the colours were selected to evoke Queensland’s sunlight

(and it was pure serendipity that the manufacturer’s name for the colour used

for the letters was ‘Sunshine’) Moody’s design was inspired by the architects’

working title for the space – the Good Goodbye Wall.

Moody hopes he’s captured the meaning of a good goodbye in his

work. “When you’re saying goodbye you’re wishing people the best with

kindness, warmth and love. I wanted to say something about the identity

of Queensland but I wanted it to be universal as well. While sunshine is a

very Queensland part of our identity it is also part of all humanity’s identity

because everyone loves sunshine. It’s also about one planet, one sun so it

works on multiple levels.”

Moody says it was a “heart-stopping moment” when the sign was

switched on for the first time and the result is even better than he had

envisaged. Already it has become a popular backdrop for ‘selfies’ people are

taking before departure. “It’s nice to think that everyone who leaves Brisbane

will see it. People who hear about the sign say to me that they will keep an

eye out for it but I can tell them they don’t have to, you can’t miss it.”

Moody’s artwork is the first to be unveiled as the countdown begins

towards the mid-year completion of the $45 million International Terminal

redevelopment. More public art will be revealed as the redevelopment

takes shape, including the creation of green spaces and chill-out zones that

will make it unique among world airports. New retailers have moved in,

including Billabong and R.M. Williams which have opened in the new High

Street on Departures Level 3, while Australian jeweller Mazzucelli’s and the

Luxury Watch Boutique (the only Queensland stockist of Hublot) are new

additions to JR/Duty Free’s mega shopping precinct.



Tigerair has been

operating services to

BNE for five years on

28 March and opened

a base at Brisbane

Airport last year.



Qantas has been

operating services to

BNE for 80 years on

17 April.