Cairns Cruise Terminal | Thanakupi

8 July, 2010


Thanakupi visiting UAP’s workshop. Pictured with Jason Kahl, Workshop Manager and Jerko Starcevic, Lead Patternmaker.

PROJECT Cairns Cruise Terminal
LOCATION Cairns, QLD, Australia
ARTIST Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher (Thanakupi)
DESIGN UAP Studio, Stacie Gibson
FABRICATION UAP Workshop
YEAR 2010

Renowned Australian indigenous artist Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher (Thanakupi) has been commissioned to create an iconic entry marker for Cairns Cruise Terminal. Thanakupi is regarded as North Queensland’s leading contemporary artists and for the enormous contribution that her ceramic work has made to Aboriginal art in Australia.

For this artwork, to be sited next to the ocean, she has chosen to depict a legend about celestial beings: the sun and the moon who meet and become lovers. The legend is told through drawings and markings, made in relief on the surface of the sphere. Thanakupi collaborated with UAP Patternmaker Jerko Starcevic to create the large-scale form to be later cast in bronze.


Artist Liaison Mary Stuart and Lead Patternmaker Jerko Starcevic working on a large scale version of Thanakupi’s maquette

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