Lake Cootharaba and Park Road Boardwalk to showcase Floating Land 


Noosa’s award-winning Park Road Boardwalk is among the sites chosen to showcase this year’s Floating Land exhibition. 

Picture for Floating Land media release

Official opening of Floating Land 2019 featuring the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe at Boreen Point.

Annually, more than a million people walk the Park Road Boardwalk, which weaves 480 meters through the trees, often amid their canopies.

“This site will capitalise on the picturesque seascape environment as a backdrop,” says Floating Land Curator and Noosa Regional Gallery Director Michael Brennan. 

“Installations will mostly be viewed from the Boardwalk as opposed to being presented on it.”

At the edge of ideas – the theme for the 11th iteration of Floating Land – is set to inspire artists to step out of their comfort zones and consider how their experiences and truths compare with those of others.

“There is no doubt this year’s theme will be interpreted in a variety of ways,” Brennan says.

“Some provocations we’ve asked artists to consider include the point where different experiences and perspectives meet; the point at which an idea tips over into an action – particularly with regard to action on climate – and the question of how far something can be pushed before it becomes something else.”

Floating Land 2021 will maintain a significant presence at the edge of Lake Cootharaba, which continues the event’s two-decade history at Boreen Point.

The Lake Cootharaba foreshore will provide the backdrop for multiple standalone installations. 

It will also be the site of the Floating Land Pavilion – a marquee housing a key public program space featuring a collaborative community-engaged art project on several of its surfaces. 

“Meanwhile, Park Road Boardwalk offers the public the chance to view works as part of an established and very popular walking route, so it builds beautifully on the success of the 2019 event, which captivated an incidental audience in Noosa National Park.”

Brennan says additional sites to the Boreen Point and Park Road Boardwalk anchor sites may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The gallery is taking expressions of interest for artistic projects that respond to the 2021 theme until midnight, Tuesday March 23.

“We’ll announce the full suite of artistic projects around six weeks prior to the event launch on October 9, while information about specific projects will be released sporadically during the lead up.”

An information session will be held at 11.30am, Friday, March 5 at the Apollonian Hotel in Boreen Point. Noosa Regional Gallery Director and Floating Land Curator Michael Brennan will be onsite to talk about this year’s themes and answer questions. To register your interest to attend, and for more information on Floating Land, visit the Gallery's website.