I have recommended that the City rename the Tabernacle building in East Sydney "Eternity Playhouse" to celebrate the uniquely Sydney mystery of Arthur Stace chalking 'Eternity' on our streets for decades. The City is refurbishing the restored Tabernacle as a theatre, cafÃ© and community/exhibition space.
Arthur Stace's story is well loved, and the image of his 'Eternity' is iconic: it was hugely popular when used on the Harbour Bridge during for the New Year's Eve celebrations in 1999. Not as many people are aware that Arthur's inspiration for this lovely legacy was a sermon at the Burton Street Baptist Tabernacle. Replicating the script in signs for the new theatre will look stunning and mark the building's adaptive reuse as a state-of-the-art theatre and new cultural destination for Sydney.
Eternity Playhouse' conveys the building's new purpose as an intimate theatre. Councillors unanimously endorsed my recommendation at this week's committee meeting, and Council will make a final determination on Monday.