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New art installation beautifies a Sydney laneway

On Dec 08 2011
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  • NSW

''A strong vision for public art'' is key to attracting people to a city, says ...

''A strong vision for public art'' is key to attracting people to a city, says Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore.

One example of public art in Sydney is a new installation at Angel Place that brings the sounds of birds that have long migrated away from the city back to the central business district.

It was honoured with a reception in its honour last night (December 7) hosted by Moore as part of an attempt to stimulate small business activity in the laneways throughout Sydney.

The installation titled Forgotten Songs, is by artist Michael Thomas Hill and features 120 antique-looking birdcages suspended metres above pedestrians' heads as they make their way across the thoroughfare between Sydney's Pitt and George Streets.

Accompanying this is a recording of twittering by 50 bird species that lived in the area before colonial settlement.

The artwork will add interest to Angel Place which is described by Moore as ''a unique pedestrian precinct enhanced by the City Recital Hall, a world-class performance venue and high-quality shops, bars and restaurants.''

Other initiatives that are part of the Laneways Revitalisation Strategy include the renovations of Bulletin Place just behind Circular Quay and the planned revamp of Sydney's Chinatown near Haymarket, which is a small commercial hub.

The purpose of the strategy is to create a laneway culture similar to that which exists in Melbourne and promote small businesses like boutique retail stores, galleries, fashion outlets, restaurants and cafes.

Moore also said that it is clear by observing global cities such as Barcelona and Chicago that public art boosts the appeal of a city to residents and visitors.

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