North Sydney Public Art Trail

Public art has the ability to define and enhance our local environment playing a significant role in defining the culture of the area. The North Sydney Public Art Trail has been initiated by North Sydney Council as part of the vision to promote the culture of the area and, at the same time, contributing to the development of a progressive, vibrant and diverse North Sydney community. 

The North Sydney Public Art Trail is a subset of the public art experience throughout the LGA and has been designed as comfortable three hour walk from the harbour foreshore into the CBD and back.

The North Sydney Public Art Trail Report, adopted by Council in 2014, identified 18 sites with five proposed new works to be commissioned over a five year period.

Objectives

The trail provides a high quality public art experience for North Sydney, one which is distinct from other places in Australia and which celebrates the diversity and uniqueness of the locality. The key objectives for the trail include:

  • The creation of a nationally recognised cultural attraction
  • A multi-layered trail experience - incorporating public art, architecture, sites of cultural significance, gardens and Sydney Harbour views
  • A placemaking, cultural development and cultural tourism initiative

Sites

The trail incorporates 18 sites located in Kirribilli, Milsons Point, Lavender Bay and North Sydney including Luna Park Entry Face and Coney Island, the ‘Comic Walk’ on Peter Kingston Walkway in Lavender Bay, sculptures in Wendy’s Secret Garden and Clark Park, and the historic Royal Art Society in Walker Street, North Sydney.  

Several major artworks are located within the North Sydney CBD including sculptures and historical landmarks at Coca Cola Place, Mary McKillop Place and the Australian Catholic University. Three other sculptural works are a short distance from each other in Berry Street, Miller Street and Brett Whiteley Place.

Two large scale site-specific sculptures were commissioned in 2014/15 for the CBD. The first of the new commissions is by Brisbane based artist Daniel Templeman and is located on the corner of Pacific Highway and Blue and Walker Streets. The second sculpture is Angles of Incidence by Sydney based artists Warren Langley and Julia Davis and is located at the Victoria Cross intersection on the corner of Pacific Highway and Miller Street.

Both commissions were installed in 2016 along with the launch of a free Public Art Trail digital walking tour app.

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Public Art Trail App

Download the NORTH ARTS walking tour app that provides information and images for trail's 18 stops, as well as a locational map.

The digital tour can be walked in three hours and started at any stop on the trail.

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Stops are marked with a North Sydney Public Art Trail sign post which incorporates information about the site and braille for the visually impaired.

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For information contact the Arts & Culture Team Leader on 9936 8100 or email alison.clark@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

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