Streetware Project - Always Was Always Will Be

(Thursday 20 September 2012, outside T2 Building, Taylor Square)


Welcome everyone.

I'd like to acknowledge the original custodians of our land, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and pay my respects to their elders both past and present, and I acknowledge the people of the 200 nations who live in our city.

I am delighted to be launching our first Streetware project for 2012 Always was, always will be by renowned artist Reko Rennie.

Reko has exhibited in cities around the world, including Paris, Santa Fe, Shanghai and Washington - and he has now given one of Taylor Square's most prominent buildings a fluorescent makeover.

The City is thrilled to have this wonderful work as part of Streetware - our curated program of temporary street art installations in the City's laneways. Several smaller artworks will be installed in and around Foley street during October - and all of these works will be up until March 2013.

We'll also be launching Art & About - our annual program of art in our streets and public spaces - with a party in Martin Place on Friday night. Many of our major cultural insitutions are taking part and opening their doors until late on the night, so come along and join in the fun.

But what better way to kick off a month long celebration of creativity than with Reko's stunning transformation of this building.

Reko's art explores issues of identity, race, law and justice, land rights, the Stolen generation and other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Islander people in contemporary society.

I'm delighted that he's here tonight to tell us about Always was, always will be - and I would like to thank him for this wonderful work.