State Library unveils model Expo 88 sculpture by international artist

State Library of Queensland today unveiled the model of a sculpture by international artist Jon Barlow Hudson, renowned for his Brisbane World Expo 88 artworks.

The model or maquette, is a sectional model of Barlow Hudson's artwork Paradigm, one of two sculptures originally created for Expo 88.

State Librarian Janette Wright said that it was a pleasure to welcome the Paradigm maquette to its new home at State Library (SLQ) in South Bank.

"State Library is committed to discovering, recording and sharing Queensland's history, and Expo 88 and Jon Barlow Hudson's sculptures from a significant part of that history," Ms Wright said.

"We are extremely grateful to Jon Barlow Hudson, and to the Museum of Brisbane for their generous five-year loan of this iconic piece."

The Paradigm maquette was originally created in 1988 and has never before been on public display.

The maquette was a gift to Museum of Brisbane from the artist and Peter Rasey, Director of the Expo 88 25th Anniversary People's Committee.

The original sculpture, Paradigm, was constructed in stainless steel and towered over the Expo 88 site at 30 metres high.

Based on the double helix of the DNA molecule, during Expo 88 Paradigm also housed 66 aeroplane landing lights that created a mesmerising night-time display.

Paradigm was the world’s first sculpture to be designed with the aid of a computer, and the world’s first to have a computerised lighting system installed.

The second Expo 88 work, Morning Star II, is currently installed in the Brisbane City Botanical Gardens.

In January 2014, Barlow Hudson also donated to State Library a series of papers, photographs, plans, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and reports relating to Paradigm and Morning Star II.

“The Paradigm maquette serves as a physical reminder of the legacy of Expo 88 in Queensland, complementing the original materials and papers now housed in SLQ’s John Oxley Library,” Ms Wright said.

“Thanks to a generous donation of $5,000 from Peter Rasey, these papers will be digitised and made available online. This means that the materials and the historical information contained within them will be easily accessible by all Queenslanders, not just those in the vicinity of Brisbane.”

Read more about Jon Barlow Hudson’s work on SLQ’s blogs at

Barlow Hudson has been making sculptures for public, private and corporate sites worldwide since 1976, with installations in 26 countries. Expo 88 was Barlow Hudson’s first international commission.

You can view an interactive map to find locations of Barlow Hudson’s sculptures around the world at Brisbane is the only Australian city to host Barlow Hudson’s artwork.

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