City centre public art
Changing the face of the city centre
From nearly 700 expressions of interest from artists from 25 countries, the first 3 artworks under the City Centre Public Art Plan have been unanimously selected by a distinguished panel.
The public art plan is part of the City of Sydney’s $220 million contribution to the NSW Government’s light rail project that will transform the city with major public domain upgrades, including new infrastructure and the pedestrianisation of George Street,
“These works all rise to the most challenging brief to bring a focus, distinction and richness to Sydney’s vision for its prime civic spaces through the creativity of the world’s best artists. Together, the 3 form a rich tapestry that will add memorable contemporary works of art that are unique to place and time,” the panel said on reaching its decision.
The artworks are the first 3 projects from the City’s $9.3 million City Centre Public Art Plan, which was developed in collaboration with Sydney-based international curator Barbara Flynn.
The works were chosen by a panel that included Ms Flynn, the City’s Design Director, Bridget Smyth, and 4 members of the City’s Public Art Advisory Panel:
- Lisa Havilah, Director of Carriageworks
- Richard Johnson, Professor of Architecture at UNSW
- Janet Laurence, artist and College of Fine Arts visiting fellow
- Anne Loxley, C3West curator for the Museum of Contemporary Art
The City will now begin a thorough design development process for all 3 works, including consultation with local businesses and residents. The works are expected to be installed from 2017 and when complete, they will become part of the City’s growing public art collection, City Art.
Sydney Your Say: public art discussion forum
The City acknowledges that good public art encourages community debate.
First 3 artworks for the city centre
Junya Ishigami – ‘Cloud Arch’
City Centre Public Art Plan
Last updated: Tuesday, 29 July 2014