Public art has the ability to define and enhance our local environment. It inspires us, provokes public debate and plays a significant role in defining the culture of the area. In North Sydney we are fortunate to have a growing collection of public artworks, including several major pieces within the CBD ranging from sculptures to historical landmarks at Coca Cola Place.
Three of the most recent pieces in our CBD art collection are Angles of Incidence, a five metre high striking blue sculpture located at the Victoria Cross intersection on the corner of Pacific Highway and Miller Street. Throughout the day the large glass works changes appearance, responding to light between dawn and dusk.
The second piece is Missing Corners located on the corner of Pacific Highway, Blue and Walker Streets. Missing Corners is a striking entrance statement to North Sydney, the prominent metal and timber sculpture welcomes passing traffic coming off the Sydney Harbour Bridge while providing a focal point for pedestrians at this busy intersection.
Lastly we have the dramatic stainless steel and glass sculpture called A Rotunda for ‘Reflective Encounters’, created by contemporary Australian artist Damien Butler. The site-specific work responds to its location, opposite St Peter’s Presbyterian Church and looking outwards to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, providing a place of both respite and reflection.
These sculptures form part of the North Sydney Public Art Trail which incorporates 20 sites including Lavender Bay, Kirribilli, Milsons Point. The trail can be walked in approx. 3 hours and started at any location, Many of the sites on the trail such as Mary MacKillop Place, Wendy’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay and the Australian Catholic University are within close walking distance of the CBD, making parts of the trail easy to cover during your lunch break.
For further details of the trail, you can download an art trail guide or download the free Public Art Trail digital walking tour app called NORTH ARTS.