Inspiring new artwork for Sydney

A new artwork being unveiled this week as part of the Biennale of Sydney will be a ground-breaking addition to the City's public art collection.

The unique work, The City of Forking Paths, utilises mobile technology to lead people on a twilight journey through The Rocks, Sydney's most historic precinct. Beginning at Circular Quay, the walk takes just over one hour, concluding on Cumberland Street in The Rocks.

I was lucky enough to have a preview of the artwork this week, and I was impressed and excited by what the artists have created.

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's work presents fictional stories on video to be viewed against the backdrop of real streets and familiar sites. Janet and George have made similar artworks in London, Rome, New York and Sao Paolo, but this is the first time one has ever been created on this scale.

During the Biennale, people will be able to borrow an iPod from the foyer of Customs House free of charge between 5pm and 9.30pm. The City of Forking Paths will also be available soon to download on Android and Apple devices. The video will only be viewable during the evening to ensure people get experience the artists intended.

The City of Forking Paths is the first Biennale Legacy artwork. The City has committed up to $300,000 every two years to commission a major artwork for this, and the next two Biennale of Sydney exhibitions.

These artworks will remain in Sydney as a permanent legacy and become part of the City Art collection.

I am sure that Sydney residents and visitors will be enjoying The City of Forking Paths for many years to come.

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