ROBINA Town Centre celebrates its 20th anniversary with two months of activity including an Australian-first art installation.
Part of the celebration is Aurora, a nine-metre-tall interactive art installation by American artist Charles Gadeken.
Aurora is a one-of-a-kind towering nine-metre willow tree, with hand-beaten copper leaves that chime in the wind. Positioned on the Promenade, Aurora comes to life at night in a spectrum of colours.
This magnificent piece of art allows you to control the lighting of its branches from your phone or from the iPad located near the tree. The ever-changing lighting makes Aurora a true work of art.
The Aurora Tree will be located on the Promenade from 28 April - October 2016.
Aurora was created for the Burning Man Festival (Nevada) in 2014. After the festival, the children of Californian City, Palo Alto were so inspired by Aurora that they raised the money to bring Aurora to their city. This will be the first time Aurora has come to Australia.
"With this piece, I am creating an environment of mythical beauty that instils a sense of awe, wonder and joy to those who experience it. It acts as a unique and unexpected element placed in the world that empowers and transforms the viewer at the moment of participation," explained artist Charles Gadeken.
Light rail on track
THE Queensland Government and GoldLinQ have formally entered into a new partnership to deliver the Gold Coast light rail extension in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games, Stirling Hinchliffe, said the contract signing between GoldLinQ and their construction partner CPB Contractors, Bombardier Transportation and Keolis Downer signalled the start of the design and delivery of the 7.3 kilometre extension.
The $420 million project will be delivered with a $270m contribution from the Queensland Government, $95m from the Australian Government and up to $55m from the City of Gold Coast.
Holiday house opened
PEOPLE with disability can now access a new state-of-the art holiday house on the Gold Coast.
Disability Services Minister Coralee O'Rourke has officially opened the Our Getaway Gold Coast holiday house for Montrose Therapy and Respite Services.