Inner-city construction sites could soon be plastered with Australian art, thanks to an “artwork bank” developed by the City of Sydney.
The council has collected a range of designs from Australian artists, illustrators and photographers for developers to use free of charge as temporary hoardings on building projects.
“This program will bring the temporary hoardings around building sites to life, making them works of art in their own right,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
The city is expecting “unprecedented” development over the next few years, with major projects around Central Station, Barangaroo, Martin Place and Circular Quay in the pipeline.
“While work is underway, we want to make sure our public spaces are as attractive and welcoming as possible for the 1.2 million people who live, work or visit the city every day,” Ms Moore said.
“It’s also a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of Australia’s most talented artists, whose work will be seen by thousands of people.”
Illustrator Camila De Gregorio, part of the conservation-inspired Egg Picnic, said the initiative was a good way to connect with the community.
“Our Birds of Australia work was inspired by the uniqueness and ecological power of Australian birds and their role in shaping our landscape,” Ms De Gregorio said.
“Australian birds are more crucial to the pollination and distribution of plants here than anywhere else on the planet. I hope it helps change our understanding of nature, because to protect the environment we must first undergo a cultural transformation.
“I hope our hoarding inspires people and sparks their creativity to actively participate in shaping a better future.”