Monumental art for CBD

The sculptures, part of the transformation of Sydney’s main thoroughfare, George Street.
Photos: City of Sydney

 

BY EDOARDO MESITI

Three brand new artworks by Australian and international artists will become permanent installations in Sydney’s CBD, costing up to $9 million and to be completed by 2017.

The artworks were selected by a panel appointed by the City of Sydney Council, who called out to artists from Australia and abroad, receiving nearly 700 entries from 25 countries.

The new art pieces will become part of the George Street transformation which will include a light rail service running through the pedestrian space.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said, “We’re delighted to announce such an exciting group of artworks by some of the world’s leading artists. I have no doubt they will become iconic landmarks of our city for today and future generations.”

Cloud Arch by Tokyo artist Junya Ishigami, a 50 metre high steel panel construction which curves in two directions, will be positioned in front of Sydney’s Town Hall.

An oversized 13.7 metre high milk crate called Pavilion by Sydney based artist Hany Armanious will sit in Belmore Park near Central Station.

 
British artist Tracey Emin’s The Distance of Your Heart features 60 homemade bronze birds perching on street posts and window sills through Bridge, Grosvenor and Kent Streets throughout the northern end of the CBD.

Sydney based art curator Barbara Flynn said, “With this selection of three of the greatest artists working in the world today, the City of Sydney achieves a balance of monumental and human scale in these artworks that will inspire people and add meaning to their lives.”

 

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