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New open-air art gallery: Taylor Square



17 November 2011

Taylor Square will be transformed with eye-catching public art projects this summer – featuring an inflatable bouncing sculpture, posters of interactive coral reefs and bike-powered movies.
The City of Sydney’s latest Taylor Square Art program, We Make This City, launches tonight and will run from November to May, featuring four innovative installations by local and international contemporary artists.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said this year’s exciting program was a fantastic example of the City’s work encouraging artists to come out of the gallery and transform outdoor spaces. 

The first project in the 2011/12 program is on show now and will be followed by new artworks in December, February and March:

  • Drift – slide and bounce across the famous Taylor Square fountain in a huge yellow PVC tunnel, created by David Cross. Navigate around unexpected obstacles as you glide through this modern-day bouncing castle – how will you cope with the changing environment?
  • Rekindling Venus: In Plain Sight- Lynette Wallworth’s project raises social awareness of the destruction of the world’s precious coral ecosystem. Download a free app to activate a 3D portal to coral reefs, receive real-time alerts about coral bleaching, and learn about warming sea temperatures.
  • Cycle in Cinema – imagine a drive-in cinema for bikes, where you plug your bike into a generator and take turns riding to power the performance. In this project by Magnificent Revolution Australia, audiences will enjoy cult films and music videos, a special event from Queer Screen and a new media program of Indigenous voices.
  • A Leaf from the Book of Cities – drop by the Sydney Sustainable Market in Taylor Square on Saturday mornings in March 2012 to see Makeshift’s reinterpretation of one of Sydney’s most iconic public spaces. This final project explores the art of reusing and reconfiguring objects, spaces and materials to give them new life.

The program is curated by Margaret Farmer from the National Institute for Experimental Arts at the University of New South Wales’s College of Fine Arts.

We Make This City launches at 5:30pm TONIGHT at Taylor Square, followed by drinks at LO-Fi – 383 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst.

An artist talk moderated by Fenella Kernebone and featuring David Cross and Tim Knowles will be held at 6:00pm on 21 November at the Cell Block Theatre – National Art School, corner Forbes and Burton Streets, Darlinghurst.


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