Over the next ten years, Sydney’s city centre and George Street, its main north-south artery, will be transformed. The transformation of the city centre and George Street is one of the most significant public works projects to occur in Australia in generations, as detailed in the draft George Street Concept Design. Public art commissioned for Sydney’s city centre and George Street will play a major role in the transformation, as detailed in the City Centre Public Art Plan which identifies five opportunities for art in the city centre.
In keeping with the City of Sydney’s commitment to sustainability, light rail will be implemented by the New South Wales State Government from 2014 along George Street as part of an extensive network connecting outlying areas to the heart of Sydney. According to the Public Art Plan, in the reconfigured city centre, works of art, comfortable seating, shade, and plantings will go hand-in-hand with improved design, creating spaces people will want to spend time in. Sydney’s public art must aspire to match the excellence already achieved in Australian architectural projects and the uniqueness seen in our other cultural assets.
The City of Sydney aspires to provide the opportunity for new art projects to be integrated into the fabric of a city, assume great significance, become familiar to residents, and be seen by visitors to Sydney from around the world.
The Expression of Interest period for artists has now closed. Artists shortlisted for Stage Two will be contacted in late 2013.