Join me in Llankelly Place tonight for a street party to celebrate the restoration of the beautiful 'starburst' street lights that have become a Kings Cross landmark.
Since they were first installed in 2001, the Llankelly Place lights have helped make this dark thoroughfare a welcoming pedestrian walkway with cafes, restaurants and shops.
I will be joined by the lights' original artist, Peter McGregor, to switch on the lights, while roving street performers and a jazz band entertain crowds. There'll also be give-aways and special offers from local businesses.
The 11 giant coloured 'medallions', between Darlinghurst Road and Orwell Street in Kings Cross, have been restored with new weatherproof light fittings and energy-efficient LED bulbs, new cables and wiring.
I love what Peter McGregor said at the time his design was installed - that it reminded him of Oscar Wilde's famous quote "we are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars."
The lights, which were inspired by the nearby El Alamein Memorial Fountain, are arranged in a starburst pattern. Red lights mark the entrance to Darlinghurst Road, before transitioning from orange to yellow to green, where the laneway meets the trees on Orwell Street.
The lighting restoration was completed by Sydney-based design firm Architectural Graphics.
The City is joining with the Potts Point Partnership and local businesses to celebrate the restoration and entice people to the area. I hope this is just one of many ways we can work with local business to change people's attitudes about the area and show of the best parts of the Cross.
Llankelly Place street party
Date: Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Time: 5pm - the lights will be switched on at 5.50pm
Location: Llankelly Place, Kings Cross