Mirvac’s 2 Riverside Quay has a new resident and she’s a queen bee.
Originally created by artist Richard Stringer for a series of studio works in 2003 and 2004, the iconic bee sculpture was later commissioned in a large-scale version as a bee colony by the firm Fender Katsalidis Global Architecture Award for their project, Eureka Tower in 2007.
In 2019, another bee was added as part of a new home at Eureka Tower, and now Mirvac has commissioned an extension of the iconic artwork for its 2 Riverside Quay building, positioned above building entrance for tenants including PwC and Fender Katsalidis. enjoy.
Mirvac General Manager (Office), Andrew Butler, sees the installation of the new Bee as an important part of connecting the wider Riverside Quay enclosure.
“When Fender Katsalidis came to us with the idea of expanding the artwork, we were eager to get involved. In 2018, our revitalization of the compound included a new flagship office building and public park , as well as transforming the waterfront by introducing an eclectic range of dining options, activating the area beyond the nine-to-five working day.
“Recently, we applied for planning permission to bring to life a dynamic venue on the roof of the compound, which is set to be the crowning glory of the compound, adding an incredibly unique and unprecedented attraction to a destination already popular,” Butler said.
Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp said she was delighted that Melbourne’s much-loved bees were on the rise.
“Neighborhoods like Riverside Quay are places where people come together and enjoy the public art that is typically Melbourne. I applaud the team behind the extension of what is a magnificent sculpture that delights tourists and locals alike,” Capp said.
Fender Katsalidis founding partner Karl Fender said the addition of this latest bee builds on the unique and much-loved artwork that began on the Eureka Tower and now further enriches the enclosure.
“Capturing the imagination of Melbourne and tourists alike, Richard Stringer’s larger-than-life ‘Queen Bee’ has established itself as a unique and alluring feature of Melbourne’s urban hive. This art program reflects our ongoing commitment to enriching the public realm, particularly through the integration of carefully curated and publicly accessible works of art.
Describing the ‘Queen Bee’ sculpture as a welcome addition to their thriving Riverside Quay community, Peter Konidaris, Melbourne Managing Partner at PwC, said: “This iconic art highlights the incredible talent of Richard Stringer and pays homage to the world-class arts and culture. stage in the heart of Melbourne.
The new bee can be seen at 2 Riverside Quay, adorning the entrance to the building.