The giant letters that make up the word ‘Brisbane’ have been craned in to South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt, where the permanent Brisbane sign will call home.

A temporary version of the Brisbane sign was installed at the site in late 2014 as part of the cultural celebrations for the G20 Leaders’ Summit but proved so popular with visitors and locals that a decision was made to install a permanent version.

This $300,000 project was jointly funded by the State Government and the Brisbane City Council, and will be a lasting legacy of Brisbane’s role as host of the 2014 G20 Summit after the temporary sign was dismantled in February.

It attracted thousands of visitors during its four months with tens of thousands of photos shared on social media promoting Brisbane with the city skyline in the background.

Being made of plywood, the original sign was only ever meant to be temporary, but this new permanent sign is built to last with an aluminium frame and aluminium sheeting welded to the outside of the structure.

The popular sign will be located a little further south to avoid people standing on the road when trying to get the entire sign into their photographs and will feature new lighting around the base shining onto the letters so that the sign can be lit with various colours.

The design of each letter will be similar to the originals, which are being designed by the same community groups including the Queensland Country Women’s Association, Amnesty International and the Multicap Association.

The next step for the project is to install the soft surface of the letters, lighting and turf, and then applying the vinyl graphic designs.

The edging of the letters will be smooth – there will be no sharp surfaces on the letters – people will be able to get up close and touch them as they take their selfies.

We anticipate the beautiful new sign will be finished and ready to be admired by residents and visitors in the coming weeks, and I look forward to celebrating this milestone with the people of Brisbane!