City Centre Public Art

3 new artworks will transform the city centre as part of the City of Sydney’s $220 million contribution to the State Government’s light rail project. The artworks are the first 3 projects of the City’s $9.3 million city centre public art plan.

The artworks were chosen by an evaluation panel made up of members of the City’s Public Art Advisory Panel, the City’s Design Director and the City Centre Curatorial Advisor, following the City of Sydney’s biggest-ever international public art callout, which attracted nearly 700 entries from 25 countries.

The City believes that good public art encourages vigorous community debate involving a variety of views and interpretations. We are inviting you to join the discussion, voice your opinion and learn more about the artworks.

Share your ideas in the discussion forums below. 

3 new artworks will transform the city centre as part of the City of Sydney’s $220 million contribution to the State Government’s light rail project. The artworks are the first 3 projects of the City’s $9.3 million city centre public art plan.

The artworks were chosen by an evaluation panel made up of members of the City’s Public Art Advisory Panel, the City’s Design Director and the City Centre Curatorial Advisor, following the City of Sydney’s biggest-ever international public art callout, which attracted nearly 700 entries from 25 countries.

The City believes that good public art encourages vigorous community debate involving a variety of views and interpretations. We are inviting you to join the discussion, voice your opinion and learn more about the artworks.

Share your ideas in the discussion forums below. 

Discussion Forum

  • 149

    What is your response to 'Cloud Arch' by Junya Ishigami?

    Junya Ishigami, Cloud Arch (detail), 2014. Painted steel. © Junya Ishigami.

    An elegant cloud-shaped arch that soars more than 50m above George Street outside Sydney Town Hall will be visible from many parts of the city centre and is set to become a landmark meeting place for Sydneysiders and visitors alike.

    Cloud Arch will be constructed of steel plates tapered and curved in 2 directions, and will act as a gateway to the newly pedestrianised section of George Street, with the light rail passing underneath it.

    Read more about the artist and the artwork.

    Junya Ishigami, Cloud Arch (detail), 2014. Painted steel. © Junya Ishigami.

    An elegant cloud-shaped arch that soars more than 50m above George Street outside Sydney Town Hall will be visible from many parts of the city centre and is set to become a landmark meeting place for Sydneysiders and visitors alike.

    Cloud Arch will be constructed of steel plates tapered and curved in 2 directions, and will act as a gateway to the newly pedestrianised section of George Street, with the light rail passing underneath it.

    Read more about the artist and the artwork.

    by Community Engagement 28 Jul 2014, 05:17 PM 2606 views
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    What is your response to 'Pavilion' by Hany Armanious?


    Hany Armanious, Pavilion (detail), 2014. Fibreglass, 13.7 x 15 x 15 metres. ©Hany Armanious.


    Adding a new dimension to the southern end of the city, a pavilion in the shape of an oversized milk crate will be installed in Belmore Park next to Central station.

    Designed by Sydney-based, Egyptian-born artist Hany Armanious, Pavilion will be 13.7m high and offer a new public gathering space with seats and lighting.

    Read more about the artist and the artwork.


    Hany Armanious, Pavilion (detail), 2014. Fibreglass, 13.7 x 15 x 15 metres. ©Hany Armanious.


    Adding a new dimension to the southern end of the city, a pavilion in the shape of an oversized milk crate will be installed in Belmore Park next to Central station.

    Designed by Sydney-based, Egyptian-born artist Hany Armanious, Pavilion will be 13.7m high and offer a new public gathering space with seats and lighting.

    Read more about the artist and the artwork.

    by Community Engagement 28 Jul 2014, 04:33 PM 1055 views
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    What is your response to 'The Distance of Your Heart' by Tracey Emin?

    Tracey Emin, Roman Standard, 2013. Bronze. Petrosino Square, New York. Auspices Art Production Fund, New York. ©Tracey Emin.

    At the city’s northern end on Bridge and Grosvenor streets and through the refurbished Kent Street underpass, The Distance of Your Heart will be made up of 60 delicate handmade bronze bird sculptures designed by acclaimed British artist Tracey Emin.

    The bird sculptures will perch on poles, above doorways and awnings, enticing walkers along the thoroughfare.

    Read more about the artist and the artwork.


    Tracey Emin, Roman Standard, 2013. Bronze. Petrosino Square, New York. Auspices Art Production Fund, New York. ©Tracey Emin.

    At the city’s northern end on Bridge and Grosvenor streets and through the refurbished Kent Street underpass, The Distance of Your Heart will be made up of 60 delicate handmade bronze bird sculptures designed by acclaimed British artist Tracey Emin.

    The bird sculptures will perch on poles, above doorways and awnings, enticing walkers along the thoroughfare.

    Read more about the artist and the artwork.


    by Community Engagement 28 Jul 2014, 04:37 PM 1167 views