Big Poinciana Energy, 2021

An outdoor group exhibition curated by Haline Ly for Brisbane City Council.

Photos: Josef Ruckli
Big Poinciana Energy is a celebration of the poinciana (Delonix regia). Although a native to Madagascar, the poinciana tree has, with time, become a quintessential Brisbane icon. The tree's bright red and orange flowers bloom in the spring, dotting the city's older suburbs with its cheerful fan-shaped flowers — a smiling sign that summer is coming and a warning that the storm season is on its way.

Big Poinciana Energy installed in Irish Lane, Brisbane CBD.

Big Poinciana Energy installed alongside Dogs of Brisbane by Sophie Beer in Irish Lane, Brisbane CBD.

I respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, who are the traditional custodians of the land on which I live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded. I pay my respects to Elders past and present.