David Bromley transforms iconic building into wonderland

Artist transforms historic building into delicious treat

AMIDST the high rise, the cranes, the steely grey of construction lies a kaleidoscope of visual joy.  And where else would you find the space for Frida Kahlo, big bronze elephants and gigantic children at play beside 60s rock stars - but an ice-cream factory.

To mark the start of Brisbane Open House this weekend, October 7 & 8, the former Peters Ice Cream Factory in West End, hosted a tour of the factories and Bromley Room.

History shows the first stirring of artistry began in the factory at 97 Boundary Rd,  when a multi-cultural group of employees came together to create a range of our favourite  ice-creams - including the mother of all ice-creams - the Drumstick. (Here's a did you know moment….. That tantalising chocolate end of cone, was invented to plug the ice-cream leaking from the cone).

For nearly seven decades, this red brick building with its manicured front garden, churned out some best ice-cream in the world.   Now after a rather long rest - it's being revived as the centrepiece of the new West Village development.

Following on in its creative past, during the development, the Ice Cream Factory, has become the home of 'The Bromley Room' a unique gallery and event space curated by West Village artist-in-residence David Bromley.

Bromley said the working on this project reflected reflect his life-long desire to work in an inspirational environment.

"As I sought to fuel to my creative life," he said.

"I became enchanted with stories of art studios."

Don't miss your chance to enjoy more of Brisbane's fabulous design stories, more details at brisbaneopenhouse.com.au

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