Today City of Sydney unveiled three public artworks that will change the face of the city centre and shine the international spotlight on Sydney.
During the consultation we did for Sustainable Sydney 2030, for OPEN Sydney and for our Cultural Policy, our community clearly told us they wanted more public art in our city.
The $1.6 billion light rail project will transform George Street into a public transport and pedestrian boulevard. This gives us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to re-imagine our city.
These artworks, selected by our expert Public Art Advisory Panel, will promote Sydney as a capital of culture and creativity. They have been created by some of the world's leading artists and could become iconic landmarks of our city for today and future generations.
One of the unique new symbols for Sydney is the eye-catching design of visionary Tokyo-based architect and artist Junya Ishigami - winner of the coveted Golden Lion for Best Project at the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale and visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. By using the latest construction technology, Cloud Arch (above) will provide an arch so high and light it will seem cloud-like.
Egyptian-born artist Hany Armanious' Pavilion will measure 13.7 metres high and could offer an exciting new public gathering space with seats and lighting in Belmore Park next to Central Station.
At the city's northern end on Bridge and Grosvenor streets and through the refurbished Kent Street underpass, acclaimed British artist Tracey Emin is proposing The Distance of Your Heart made up of 60 delicate hand-made bronze bird sculptures that will perch on poles, above doorways and awnings, enticing walkers along the thoroughfare.
The City will now begin a thorough design development process for all three works, including extensive consultation with local businesses and residents.
You can visit Sydney Your Say to provide feedback on these amazing artworks.
All works are expected to be installed from 2017, in line with the implementation of the CBD and South East light rail line. Once complete, they will become part of the City's growing public art collection, City Art.