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Lord Mayor unveils her ambitious public art plan

Source: Perth Now

Artists will be paid millions under Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s weird public sculpture splurge, with birds on poles set to be dotted around the city and a giant plastic milk crate set near Central Station.

City of Sydney is splashing $9 million on three controversial artworks, with Australia’s talented array of home-grown and indigenous artists mostly snubbed during its short-list process. Of the 10 proposals that made the final shortlist, only one is Australian-born.

In a rare interview on 2GB yesterday, Ms Moore defended the artworks, comparing them to one of the world’s most recognisable structures — the 324m-tall Eiffel Tower.

“Great art around the world can really put a city on the map — you only have to think of the Eiffel Tower in Paris as an example and you only have to think of our own Opera House,” she said.

Japanese artist Junya Ishigami is being paid $2.5 million for his $3.5 million steel Cloud Arch sculpture, which will soar up to 75m into the air near Town Hall and form a gateway into George St. Click to read more ...


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