City Centre Public Art




Three new artworks will transform the city centre alongside the City of Sydney's $220 million contribution to the State Government's light rail project. The artworks are the first three projects of the City Centre Public Art Plan.

The artworks were chosen by an evaluation panel made up of members of the City’s Public Art Advisory Panel, the City’s Design Director and the City Centre Curatorial Advisor, following the City of Sydney’s biggest-ever international public art call out, which attracted nearly 700 entries from 25 countries.

The City believes that good public art encourages vigorous community debate involving a variety of views and interpretations.





Three new artworks will transform the city centre alongside the City of Sydney's $220 million contribution to the State Government's light rail project. The artworks are the first three projects of the City Centre Public Art Plan.

The artworks were chosen by an evaluation panel made up of members of the City’s Public Art Advisory Panel, the City’s Design Director and the City Centre Curatorial Advisor, following the City of Sydney’s biggest-ever international public art call out, which attracted nearly 700 entries from 25 countries.

The City believes that good public art encourages vigorous community debate involving a variety of views and interpretations.


  • Updated Cloud Arch design developed

    29 days ago
    Junya ishigami associates cloud arch

    Junya Ishagami's Cloud Arch is a step closer now the final design has been developed by the artist.

    The artwork is a cloud-shaped arch that will soar 58 metres above George Street outside Sydney Town Hall. It will be visible from many parts of the city centre and is set to become a landmark meeting place.

    The loop of the arch has been altered in the final design to better frame Town Hall, the Queen Victoria Building and other important buildings at the heart of the city.

    When complete, the sculpture will be a gateway to the city centre, with... Continue reading

    Junya Ishagami's Cloud Arch is a step closer now the final design has been developed by the artist.

    The artwork is a cloud-shaped arch that will soar 58 metres above George Street outside Sydney Town Hall. It will be visible from many parts of the city centre and is set to become a landmark meeting place.

    The loop of the arch has been altered in the final design to better frame Town Hall, the Queen Victoria Building and other important buildings at the heart of the city.

    When complete, the sculpture will be a gateway to the city centre, with light rail and pedestrians moving underneath.

    The community are invited to comment on the refined design during the DA exhibition period. A link to the documents will be available here once the DA is lodged.

    More information about the artwork and artist is available on the CityArt website.

  • Development approval for Tracey Emin’s artwork

    over 1 year ago
    Tracyemin 05

    Tracey Emin’s artwork The Distance of your Heart, one of the first three public artworks selected as part of the City Centre Public Art Plan, conceived as part of the transformation of the City Centre, has now received development approval. The City is proceeding with the fabrication and implementation of the artwork.

    Tracey Emin’s artwork The Distance of your Heart, one of the first three public artworks selected as part of the City Centre Public Art Plan, conceived as part of the transformation of the City Centre, has now received development approval. The City is proceeding with the fabrication and implementation of the artwork.

  • Selecting and developing the artworks

    about 3 years ago

    The final three works were chosen unanimously by an evaluation panel comprising of the City Centre Curatorial Advisor Barbara Flynn and four members of the City’s Public Art Advisory Panel: Director of Carriageworks Lisa Havilah, Professor of Architecture at UNSW Richard Johnson, artist and visiting fellow at the College of Fine Arts Janet Laurence, Curator of C3West for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Anne Loxley and City Design Director Bridget Smyth.

    The development of the artworks is expected to take 3 to 7 years, and will be timed to align with the NSW Government’s Sydney Light Rail Program.

    All three projects will be subject to development applications and any necessary heritage approvals. Development applications are placed on public exhibition for 28 days, giving the community an opportunity to comment.

    We will keep you up-to-date on the process and opportunities to have your say.

    The final three works were chosen unanimously by an evaluation panel comprising of the City Centre Curatorial Advisor Barbara Flynn and four members of the City’s Public Art Advisory Panel: Director of Carriageworks Lisa Havilah, Professor of Architecture at UNSW Richard Johnson, artist and visiting fellow at the College of Fine Arts Janet Laurence, Curator of C3West for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Anne Loxley and City Design Director Bridget Smyth.

    The development of the artworks is expected to take 3 to 7 years, and will be timed to align with the NSW Government’s Sydney Light Rail Program.

    All three projects will be subject to development applications and any necessary heritage approvals. Development applications are placed on public exhibition for 28 days, giving the community an opportunity to comment.

    We will keep you up-to-date on the process and opportunities to have your say.