Artist: Callum Morton
Curator: Barbara Flynn
Market Row and Mullins Street, Sydney
Project: City Centre Public Art Program
Tags: Building, Light, Mosaic, Site-specific, Wall work

Market Row, North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Artwork Description

Typically, laneways are the places of fire escapes, of service access and rubbish collection, of workers taking breaks, of homelessness, of small boutique shops, cafes or seemingly outmoded retail outlets. In these spaces one can witness the unadorned fabric of the city’s life. The thinking from the outset with these ideas has not been to change this, not interrupt this other life, but simply exaggerate it – make it more mysterious, revelatory and curious.

Callum Morton, 2021

In Through the Out Door reimagines 3 rear doorways in city laneways on Market Row and Mullins Streets, between Clarence and York streets. Through colour and pattern the artworks play with the experience of people walking in the city, probing their unconscious memory of places and spaces across and through its streets. Each doorway weaves together iconic fragments from elsewhere into a new visual experience, transforming laneways once neglected and forgotten, reminding us that cities are never fully known.

By citing other existing works of art and architecture, Callum Morton’s In Through the Out Door is the rare artwork that makes sense of what has come before. It is deeply embedded, concealed behind Sydney Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building which it cites, to ensure a memorable experience of discovery.

Callum Morton worked with Monash Art Projects and Gorilla Constructions to deliver this artwork. The City of Sydney acknowledges the support of building owners who are making this public art intervention possible.


Born in Montreal, artist Callum Morton lives and works in Melbourne where he’s a Professor of Fine Art at Monash Art, Design and Architecture.  Morton is best known for his installation and sculptural works inspired by architecture and the built environment.

He has exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, The Indian Triennale in New Delhi and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne. In 2007, Morton represented Australia at the Venice Biennale with his work Valhalla, a scale model of his childhood home. His public projects include Hotel on the EastLink freeway and Monument Park in Melbourne, the pavilion Grotto in Tilburg, the Netherlands and Sisyphus in Silkeborg, Denmark.

Morton has also designed sets for major productions by Melbourne Theatre Company, Ranters Theatre and Chunky Move. Callum Morton is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.


The city centre public art plan launched in June 2013 is part of the City of Sydney’s $220 million contribution to the NSW Government’s light rail project.

This project has transformed the city with major public domain upgrades, including new infrastructure and the pedestrianisation of George Street, creating a people-friendly city.

New public art created under this plan is enhancing our city’s well-known features, highlighting important places and magnifying ideas that have shaped the city.

This plan, prepared by curatorial advisor Barbara Flynn, contributes to the legacy of permanent public art works in the City Art collection, supporting events and temporary works of art that bring a focus, distinction and richness to Sydney’s civic spaces.

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