Welcome to 'UQ by design', a 12-part Contact series celebrating the beauty and abundance of UQ's cultural assets. Join us each month as we take you on a virtual guided tour across UQ's three campuses, providing a brief overview of the pieces and where you can find them.

The University of Queensland is internationally renowned for its beauty – lush lawns, stunning gardens, heritage-listed buildings and world-class sporting facilities – not to mention the river aspect of St Lucia, the city views from Herston and the rolling landscapes at Gatton.

But quietly complementing these immediate attractions are many cultural assets not quite so obvious: the sculptures, fountains, murals, and even bike racks and traffic signals that give UQ campuses so much of their character and appeal, overlaying the vast heritage of the land itself. Many items have been gifted to the University but some have been specially commissioned.

All have become an integral part of our university experience.

Words and concept: Suzanne Parker
Artwork and design: James North
Photography: Anjanette Webb
Contributors: Barbara Robinson and Jeremy Crowley

All artworks and artefacts mentioned in this series are located on UQ's St Lucia, Gatton and Herston campuses, and we acknowledge the Traditional Owners and their custodianship of the lands on which the University stands. We pay our respects to their Ancestors and their descendants, who continue cultural and spiritual connections to Country. We recognise their valuable contributions to Australian and global society.