Artist: Peter Day
Date Installed
Installed 1985
Wimbo Reserve, 560-576 Bourke Street, SURRY HILLS, 2010
Tags: Mosaic, Wall work

Wimbo Reserve, 560-576 Bourke Street, SURRY HILLS, 2010

Artwork Description

A mosaic mural made from opaque glass of various colours depicting the history of the Wimbo Park in which is it located. The mosaic is now presented within a metal frame. It was originally installed in 1985, and re-instated in 1993 after developers removed it in 1992. It was removed again in 2019 to make way for the introduction of light rail and reinstated by the artist working with Melbourne Mural Studios in 2023 as part of the park upgrade. The mosaic is near the Bourke Street entrance to the recently upgraded Wimbo Park.


The mural depicts the history and memories of Wimbo Park, which was known as ‘Wimbo Paddock’ prior to becoming a stone yard. It shows people participating in recreational activities in the area, including men playing marbles, a tight-rope walker and a hot air balloon launching.

The hot air balloon is based on the memories of a local resident, Mr Ted Sykes, who remembered the area as a site for circuses and hot air ballooning.

The image of a carousel was drawn from the well-known 1910 photograph Razzle Dazzle by Harold Cazneaux, depicting the fun and movement of a local carnival.


The mural was coordinated by local community artist Peter Day, in collaboration with Lee Stafford and local residents of Surry Hills.

Peter Day was born in Sydney in 1949 and studied Industrial Design at the National Art School. He later undertook a Post-graduate Diploma in Industrial Design at the University of NSW and a Post-graduate Diploma in Professional Art Studies. For much of his career, he has run his own design consultancy, including founding the Kirk Gallery, a non-profit community arts centre in Surry Hills.

Peter has also taught painting, design and sculpture at various Sydney colleges. He is the Artistic Director of the award-winning Peter Day Environmental Art+Design (EA+D), which specialises in site-specific public art.


The Wimbo Park Mural was officially opened in 1985. The mural was mistakenly demolished in 1992 as part of a neighbouring development. The community strongly supported the reinstatement of the mural, and this was carried out by the developer in collaboration with the artist and completed in 1993.

The light rail presented the City of Sydney with an opportunity to upgrade Wimbo Park. The project team worked with Peter Day and Melbourne Mural Studios to re-present the mural in a contemporary way, removing it from the heavy concrete wall and suspending it within a metal frame.


The Wimbo Paddock Mural

This park was once a recreational area known as Wimbo Paddock. The mosaic mural made from colourful venetian glass depicts activities known to have occurred here more than 100 years ago.

Wimbo Park was created in 1982. The mural was coordinated by artist Peter Day, in collaboration with Melbourne Mural Studios and Surry Hills residents. This is its third incarnation, celebrating a new lease of life for the park.

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