There was a mood of celebration among the 120 people who attended the official launch.
The symbolic 3-metre tall artwork is made of ceramic tiles and features a bold colourful rainbow breaking free of a traditional closet (wardrobe). One of the closet doors features an engaging and educational component – a backlit panel containing words relevant to LGBTIQ people.
The artwork, by Karl de Waal, aims to enhance the visibility and social inclusion of the queer community.
Karen Dare, CEO of the Neighbourhood Centre’s over-arching body Community, was enthusiastic in her support.
“It’s a most beautiful piece of art, and I would like to see it used as a symbol of inclusion across Australia,” she said.
The feelings of many people moved by the artwork were summed up by Sue Eagleton, who said it brought tears to her eyes.
“It’s just fabulous,” she said.
Another participant, Tony Robertson, said the artwork was a reminder that the language of love is richer than people imagine.
The launch was an official event in the Brisbane Pride Festival, which runs for the full month of September. The artwork was unveiled from beneath a massive rainbow flag, borrowed from the Pride festival.
Participants also viewed display panels from the 2010 Prejudice and Pride exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane, commemorating the LGBTIQ history of Brisbane.
Hotmale choir performed the song “Equality”, and attendees drew a large chalk rainbow crossing beside the artwork and leading up to the Neighbourhood Centre entrance.
A unique feature is the internal lighting system, which illuminates the artwork with cycles of rainbow colours as night falls.
A night time artwork viewing has been organised for Saturday, October 4 at NFNC from 5.30 pm, followed by a BYO everything BBQ in New Farm Park.
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