Public art projects

WRAPPED Art Project, transformed signal cabinets (2019)

WRAPPED Art Project (Pilot project)

Signal cabinets throughout Sydenham and Marrickville have been transformed with artwork enriching the inner west with diverse and strong designs created by local artists.  

Inner West Council (IWC), Lendlease Tyco Joint Venture and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) worked together to deliver The WRAPPED Art Project that adds to Council’s public art gallery and helps RMS to maintain their infrastructure in a way that deters graffiti, tagging and pasting. 

This is not a new idea and painted cabinets can be seen all over the country but what is new about the WRAPPED Art project is that the artwork was printed on vinyl and the cabinets were then ‘wrapped’.  

In June 2019, the following four local artists were commissioned by Inner West Council to design artwork for the project:  

·         Brad Robson

·         Bunkwaa
·         Rhiannon Hopley
·         Emily Valentine

22 cabinets spread over 13 locations were transformed around Sydenham and Marrickville to link in with Council’s EDGE Sydenham festival that was held in early August 2019.

ARTIST information:

Brad Robson is a Sydney-based contemporary painter and street artist, working out of his studio space and gallery in Sydney's Inner West suburb of Marrickville.

While many other local artists call Sydney home, Robson stands out as an international contemporary Australian painter with a unique voice. His cinematic portraits and streetscapes are alive with colour and movement making him one of Australia’s most exciting painters, and his studio work translates effortlessly to his giant wall murals which can be found in New York City, various cities throughout Europe, as well as his hometown of Sydney. Whilst his work is regularly exhibited in NYC and Berlin, his local studio and gallery acts as a permanent space in which many of his works can be viewed by the public.

Mary Street

Above image:  m. American Dream - Brad Robson  Photographer:  Daniel Kukec Photography 
Website:
Bradrobson.com.au

 

Bunkwaa is an Australian comic book artist and cartoonist. Bunkwaa’s comic book series SPEWTOWN parodies inner west living, culture, history and people. His practice also extends to street art, animation and painting. Creating images that are a sleight of hand journey into hyper-cartoon worlds, Bunkwaa’s work is a kaleidoscopic ride through pop culture and living spaces. Full of character, worlds within worlds and faces within faces, Bunkwaa’s illustrations are a playful descent into the rabbit hole.

Sydney Road

Image above:  Bunkwaa with Sydney Road cabinets  Photographer:  Daniel Kukec Photography 
@bunkwaa @spewtown  

 

Rhiannon Hopley, born 1987, is a Sydney based multidisciplinary artist and curator.

Working primarily in the medium of photography, Hopley’s work explores the relationship between nature, the urban landscape, and the human condition. 

Hopley was awarded First Prize in photography for the Gosford Art Prize in 2013 and Commended for the main prize in 2015. She has been selected as a finalist for various awards including, Percival Photographic Portrait Prize, Qld 2018, North Sydney Art Prize 2017, The 39th Alice Prize, NT 2016, Cooks Hill Gallery Newcastle, We Get By 2015, Marrickville Urban Photography 2014 and Ballarat International FotoFestival, One for the Books 2013.

Hopley has shown at Art Fairs including DENFair 2017 and selected to exhibit with .M Contemporary for their exhibition ‘No Place Like Home’, for the 2015 Australasia’s International Art Fair, Sydney Contemporary. In 2017, Hopley was awarded a grant to undertake her first residency in France. Most recently she was selected to be part of Micro Galleries International Artist Collective. Her work is held in private collections in Australia, France, and Canada.

Wardell Road

Image above:  Rhiannon Hopely with Wardell Road cabinet.  Photographer:  Daniel Kukec Photography Website:  www.rhphotography.design 

 

Emily Valentine  The “Wrapped Project” inspired the artist to re-look at her sculptures and see them as photographic works. 

Emily Valentine has been a practicing artist for 30 years and specialises in feather work. Through out her career the artist has photographed her own work.

The Marrickville (now Innerwest) Council selected Emily Valentine to make a photographic collage “Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane?” for their Newtown Artseat and this image has been reused for the “Wrapped Project”. 

Emily stated that “The work was made when the new runway for the Sydney Airport was an issue in Sydenham area and my studio in Mary St was under the flight path. The feather planes were created to discuss how we as humans are now colonising the skies, and how aircraft, not birds, are now dominating our visual views and sound scapes above us. It is fitting that this work is being shown here.

The constructed images with dogs and cats are more playful, but they have a somber side. Most of the feathers used are from road kill. We love and care for our cats and dogs, but care nothing it seems, for the animals in the wild. The road kill numbers in Australia are enormous but the issue is never discussed or considered. I wish to ask the viewer to question our callous treatment of animals and birds, and ask how we sub-consciously classify animals – pet or pest, valued or worthless, beautiful or plain and why?”

Mary Street

Image above:  Emily Valentine with Mary Street cabinet.  Photographer:  Daniel Kukec Photography

 

A good neighbour, an international billboard project (2018)

  • Site: Tempe Cooks River Footbridge
  • Artist: Lucy Simpson
  • Artist: Lucy Simpson
  • Artist: Lucy Simpson

Biennale - Good Neighbour Project 2018by Elmgreen and Dragset
Designer: Rupert Smyth
Photographer: Lukas Wassmann

Presented in Sydney as part of the 21st Biennale of Sydney, 15 March to 11 June 2018, billboards at sites across the Inner West, Parramatta and Liverpool sparked reflection on the changing nature of neighbourhoods around the world, and take up a discussion initiated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017).

‘Home can be defined as a territory where values and behavioural routines are generated through daily experience; and a place from which a feeling of belonging – of “rootedness” – emerges. Considering our neighbourhood relationships on a local and global level, and against the backdrop of current and historical experiences of migration and human movement, a good neighbour poses questions that highlight the complexity of place and belonging: ‘Is a good neighbour too much to ask for?’ ‘Is a good neighbour a stranger you don’t fear?’ - Elmgreen and Dragset.

Presented by 21st Biennale of Sydney in partnership with Inner West Council, City of Liverpool and Parramatta City Councils. Inner West sites include Newtown ArtSeat (Newtown Square), Sydenham Green (Railway Parade, Sydenham), Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre (756 Darling Street Rozelle) and Ashfield Town Hall (260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield).

For more information, visit 21st Biennale of Sydney.

bafcat in Hearn Street (2016) 

  • Site: Nestor Park, Hearn Street, Leichhardt
  • Artist: bafcat

bafcat mural Nestor PArkbafcat was commissioned to paint two murals in this tiny house sized pocket park in Hearn Street, Leichhardt. The park is called Nestor Park, after the name of the house that was previously located here.

Adnate - 10 year Wall2Wall Commission (2016)

  • Site: Robert Street, Rozelle (below Waterdale Park)
  • Artist: Adnate

Wall2Wall Commission Adnate In celebration of the 10th birthday of the Wall2Wall Mural Competition, internationally celebrated artist Adnate painted an exceptional mural on Robert Street, in Rozelle. Now when International visitors land at the White Bay Cruise ship Terminal they are greeted by this large scale mural based on a photograph of local Aboriginal man, Phil Butler.

Perfect Match: Celebrating Art in Public Places

The inner west is home to one of Australia's most dynamic street art scenes, and the Perfect Match Public Art Program brings artists, residents, businesses, property owners and community partners together to collaboratively create fantastic new artworks in public places.

The intiative culminates in a fantastic weekend of free tours and celebrations. This is an opportunity for people of all ages to meet artists at work, share stories and learn about the art, the places, stories and people that make the inner west such a celebrated blend of heritage, creative innovation, culture and great lifestyle.

The Winged Victory (2015)

  • Site: Marrickville Town Hall
  • Artists: Peter Corlett and Darien Pullen

Winged Victory 2015 The original Winged Victory commissioned by Council, was created by Marrickville sculptor Gilbert Doble in 1919 as a World War I memorial. In 2008 safety concerns were raised about the condition of the statue and the work was decommissioned and is now a focal point in the World War 1 Galleries at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.This work is the largest known bronze casting memorial in Australia standing over four metres tall and is described by the Australia War Memorial as ‘one of the most significant WW1 monuments in Australia.

The new Winged Victory sculpture that can be seen at the front of Marrickville Town Hall was manufactured by Meridian – a Melbourne-based fine art foundry – to a design by artists Peter Corlett and Darien Pullen. The figure of Nike, the goddess of victory, holds a laurel wreath of peace in one hand and a raised sword in the other. In the new interpretation, the sword was lowered in a gesture of peace. Her downturned eyes recognise the great sacrifices made by the local community during World War 1.

The Winged Victory is the emblem of the Marrickville Heritage Society.

World War ll Memorial (2016)

  • Site: Marrickville Park, corner of Livingstone Road and Frazer Street Marrickville

The contemporary public artwork and memorial, by Andrew Poppleton, references and is inspired by the ‘Australian Rising Sun badge’ by Adelaide artist Frank Bartels in 1893 showing bayonet blades arrayed around a crown. The symbol is integral to the Australian Army uniform and symbolises the sacrifices made by Australia’s naval and military forces. The large scale artwork is orientated on a North – South access to interact with the rising and setting sun.

Ashfield Town Centre Renewal Project (2016)

In 2016 three large-scale works were installed in locations in Ashfield’s Town Centre as part of a mural street art project.

The delivery of the murals was in response to the Ashfield Town Centre Renewal Project Public Domain Strategy. This strategy aims to deliver bold and dynamic public space developments that will enhance and contribute to the creative and cultural life of Ashfield.These large artworks complement existing murals in the Town Centre that help to create an inviting, attractive and lively destination to visit and do business.

Wall2Wall (2007-17)

Wall2Wall - Debbie and Gillie DrummondWall2Wall was a mural competition open to artists interested in public art.

Each year successful artists received a cash prize and funds to cover the cost of materials to install their mural on one of the three nominated walls in the Council area. This initiative was held annually since 2007 and resulted in the installation of 40 exciting, stimulating site specific murals installed throughout the inner west. The works enrich the local environment for community and visitors. 

Goolay’yari – Place of the Pelican (2016)

  • Site: Tempe Cooks River Footbridge
  • Artist: Lucy Simpson

A site specific artwork based on the creation story of Fatima Island.

Cooks River is called the River of Goolay’yari, the Pelican Dreaming Story. According to the story, a man fled from battle, abandoning his wife and children and thereby placing them in greater danger. As the man fled, he stepped into the middle of Cooks River. At the point where he was crossing, he looked down to discover that he had a webbed foot - that of a pelican. He had been turned into a pelican as a punishment for leaving his family behind. The story goes that Fatima Island is the webbed footprint of this man and so the island reminds us of this story.

Skulk and Birdhat (2016)

  • Site: Gehrig Lane, Camperdown
  • Artist: Skulk and Birdhat

Birdhat Skulk CollaborationThese two artists often work together and for this mural they were commissioned to paint a mural as part of the open studio trail. It sits in Gehrig Lane, directly opposite the entry of own of the local microbrewerie setting up shop across the inner west. Depicting some of their well known characters, amongst bottles and flasks containing all manner of things, they have brewed a creative mix  the best of both their styles.

Rozelle Fire Memorials (2015 + 2016)

  • Site: Corner Nelson and Darling Streets, Rozelle
  • Artist: Patrick O'Rourke and Rozelle Community

Rozelle Hoardings Patrick ORourkeThis mural was commissioned in the wake of the Rozelle Fire which devastated the local community of Rozelle in 2015. Artist Patrick O'Rourke met with family members, locals and business owners affected by the tragedy, in order to design a large scale mural on the hoardings around the sites flattened by the fire. This was a temporary work which came down when the replacement buildings were erected.

  • Site: Nelson Street, Rozelle
  • Artist: Jimmy Rix

Rozelle Fire Memorial Jimmy RixA permanent memorial was erected to commemorate the Rozelle Fire which saw the loss of life, and deeply affected many in the community. Jimmy Rix was invited to design a work in steel, which would permanently mark this tragic event, and he used the motifs of hearts, indicating the love and support of the Rozelle community at this time, and the boat to indicate the journey towards everlasting life.

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TreeCycle (2015)

  • Site: Robert Street, Rozelle (below Waterdale Park)
  • Artist: Adnate

A Fragile World in Constant Expansion (2003)

  • Site: Trafalgar Street, Petersham
  • Artist: Luis Geraldes

A Fragile World in Constant Expansion was originally installed on Audley Street Petersham in 2003.

The artwork was relocated to Trafalgar Street and unveiled by the then Mayor of Marrickville, Councillor Sam Iskandar, and the Ambassador of Portugal to Australia, Paulo Cunha Alves, at the Bairro Português - Petersham Food & Wine Fair on Sunday 13 March 2016.  

Rosetta Stone

  • Site: Sculpture Garden, Pratten Park, Ashfield
  • Artist: Ian Marr

This 1,800kg Mintaro Slate stone was hand carved by Ian Marr and is a tribute to the many cultural backgrounds of the Ashfield Community with text and script 'No stranger shall go empty from our door' written in nine languages.  The text from Homer's Odyssey 'For we ourselves have eaten the bread of strangers in other lands' is in English only. 

Land of Mine (2009)

  • Site: Sculpture Garden, Pratten Park, Ashfield
  • Artist: Ken Hutchinson

Donated to Ashfield Library in 2009 through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. The White Carra marble sculpture set on a black granite base is described by the artist as '... a tribute to all those, and especially women of the third world that are injured by landmines.  The work is designed to show the strong, proud and strident spirit of those who endure hardship.'  Artist Ken Hutchinson was artist in residence at Thirning Villa for three months from November 2006 to February 2007. 

Hawthorne Canal Mosaic Mural (2011)

Hawthorne Canal MosiacHawthorne Canal Mosaic Mural was a collaboration between community volunteers, Railcorp, Leichhardt Council, community groups and local artists. It commenced in 2005 and was completed in 2011.Volunteers aged from 4 to 75 worked on the project contributing over 5,000 hours of time creatively placing over 475,000 mosaic on its walls. Before it was installed this tunnel was miserable, dark and vandalised. Now it is a glowing example of community art and best practice community safety intervention.

44 Mosaic panels  are located in a 112 square metre pedestrian tunnel located near Hawthorne Canal in Leichhardt. The tunnel leads from Lords Road, Leichhardt (adjacent to Kegworth Public School under the Rozelle Goods Line) to the Hawthorne Canal footpath network.
Take a walk or hop on your bike to see the Hawthorne Canal community artwork for yourself.

Participants included: Kegworth Public, St Fiacres Primary, St Columbus Primary, St Joan of Arc Primary, Leichhardt Public School, and the Leichhardt Campus of Sydney Secondary College. Sydney College of the Arts were also involved with the Ceramics Department stepping in and firing the many of the ceramic sea creatures. The Department developed a new kiln firing technique for the artwork, using recycled glass to form the seaweed. Community mosaic sessions ran at Nola Diamantopoulos' studio in Rozelle for over three and a half years.

Watch the film of the project evolution by UTS student Katherine Buskariol.

Silver Screen Mermaid (2011)

  • Site: Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre
  • Artist: Mark Wotherspoon.

A glass sculpture inspired by Annette Kellerman.

Magpies (2009)

  • Site: Marrickville Park
  • Artist: Jane Cavanough

Magpie sculptures created by artist Jane Cavanough in Marrickville Park, installed in 2009.

Eye Level (2011)

  • Site: Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre
  • Artist: Julia Davis

A sculptural silver ribbon reflecting the pool's surface.

Silver Screen Mermaid (2011)

  • Site: Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre
  • Artist: Mark Wotherspoon.

A glass sculpture inspired by Annette Kellerman.

Weavings of Light and Life (2011)

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by Elmgreen and Dragset
Designer: Rupert Smyth
Photographer: Lukas Wassmann

Presented in Sydney as part of the 21st Biennale of Sydney, 15 March to 11 June 2018, billboards at sites across the Inner West, Parramatta and Liverpool sparked reflection on the changing nature of neighbourhoods around the world, and take up a discussion initiated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017).

‘Home can be defined as a territory where values and behavioural routines are generated through daily experience; and a place from which a feeling of belonging – of “rootedness” – emerges. Considering our neighbourhood relationships on a local and global level, and against the backdrop of current and historical experiences of migration and human movement, a good neighbour poses questions that highlight the complexity of place and belonging: ‘Is a good neighbour too much to ask for?’ ‘Is a good neighbour a stranger you don’t fear?’ - Elmgreen and Dragset.

Presented by 21st Biennale of Sydney in partnership with Inner West Council, City of Liverpool and Parramatta City Councils. Inner West sites include Newtown ArtSeat (Newtown Square), Sydenham Green (Railway Parade, Sydenham), Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre (756 Darling Street Rozelle) and Ashfield Town Hall (260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield).

For more information, visit 21st Biennale of Sydney.

Magpies (2009)

  • Site: Marrickville Park
  • Artist: Jane Cavanough

Magpie sculptures created by artist Jane Cavanough in Marrickville Park, installed in 2009.

The Guardian Dogs (2005)

  • Site: Marrickville Park
  • Artist: Richard Byrne

Three silver canine statues acting as gateways.

The Harmony Wall (2016)

  • Site: Corner of Drakes Lane and Brown Street, Ashfield
  • Artists: Adrian Clemment and Hayley Rose Hill

The Harmony Wall was created by commissioned artists in collaboration with Ashfield Boys High School. The work is located in Drakes Lane in the Ashfield Town Centre and consists of 90 painted panels.

Each panel is painted in a color that was chosen by each of the Year 9 students that took part. The process of color selection was inspired by an object of their own choosing that represented their personal symbolism and familial backgrounds. Once painted, the panels were arranged alphabetically (name of students) and thus the random relationships of color that has been created in the final work represents the natural harmony that arises through cultural diversity. The artwork is titled Wa, referencing the oldest word for Japan that has since come to mean harmony, peace and balance.

Hay Street Car Park

The former Leichhardt Council was awarded funds of $133,529 by the Attorney General’s Department as part of the Graffiti Hotspot Programme. The funds were utilised to implement strategies to improve the safety and amenity of the Hay Street car Park in Hay Street, Leichhardt. 
Under the Graffiti Hotspot Programme the funds were required to implement Crime Prevention through Environmental Design strategies, which included implementing elements such as community art and landscaping features, and activities which generate the regular movement of people through the space.

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