The City of Sydney is embarking on a dramatic new program to bring the city centre to life with large scale public art installations and projects.
The Council recently adopted a detailed blueprint made up of three documents: the Draft Public Art Policy, the Draft City of Sydney City Art Public Art Strategy and the Draft City of Sydney Guidelines for Public Art Acquisitions and Deaccessions.
The blueprint is designed to encourage dynamic public spaces and develop the city's role as a global cultural and creative leader.
Over the last 10 years public art in Sydney has evolved from more traditional outdoor sculptures to things like quirky stencil art on laneway walls to the 'I heart kings cross' community knitting project.
We are developing major new programs and projects to bring art out of the galleries and into the public domain, into the hidden nooks and crannies in the city, over the next ten years.
This process has been two years in the making and by putting art into our public spaces we make art accessible to everyone.
Public artworks and programs in the plan will be guided by the City's Public Art Advisory Panel of experienced and independent artists, architects and curators.
The new City Art website profiles some 200 artworks with map functions allowing people to explore public art in Sydney and I encourage you to take time to discover them