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New home for iconic Cairns public artwork - the “Jellybabies”

The Cairns-based popular public artwork Gilbert, Oliver, Penelope, Roxanne and Yasmin known as the “Jelly Babies” are about to have a new home.


“The Cairns community has always had a special place in their hearts for the jelly babies and I’m so pleased this beloved piece of public art will soon be on show in its new home at Munro Martin Parklands,” said Member for Cairns Michael Healy.


The Palaszczuk Government will support the relocation costs for Gilbert, Oliver, Penelope, Roxanne and Yasmin who were created by artist Sophie Cadman.


The Jelly Babies, who were originally residents in front of Bulmba-ja (formerly the Centre of Contemporary Arts), will continue to be a popular attraction to Cairns locals and tourists in their new home.


“The jelly babies are a large piece of artwork and the community will love seeing them in their new expanded space,” Mr Healy said.


Mr Healy said the Palaszczuk Government, through Arts Queensland, worked in consultation with the artist and Cairns Regional Council about placing the artwork in a nearby public location.


“The Queensland Government has gifted the jelly babies to Cairns Regional Council so that they can remain iconic to Cairns,” Mr Healy said.


Mr Healy said the relocation of the jelly babies comes following the Palaszczuk Government’s $5.9 million refurbishment of the Centre of Contemporary Arts, where the artwork had previously been located.


“I’m pleased to see that our investment in the Arts in Cairns is producing great results for the community,” Mr Healy said.

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