Central Park provides an incredible setting for some of Sydney’s most exciting public artworks. Its art collection fosters a connection between our city’s past, present and future, and reminds us that we belong to a legacy that is much larger than ourselves. Ultimately the most eye-catching artworks at Central Park belongs to its permanent collection, including Patrick Blanc’s living walls and Yann Kersale’s floating light display, which adorn the façades at One Central Park by Ateliers Jean Nouvel.
During development, Central Park also commissioned artworks that celebrate the alchemy, flux and distillation that once took place inside the old brewery that originally occupied Central Park.
Central Park’s sister neighbourhood of Chippendale is emerging as Sydney’s latest destination in art, photography and crafts. Its historic warehouses and former factories provide stylish venues or art galleries, furniture show rooms and design studios, while tiny cafes and tearooms make for the perfect break as you meander between venues.
AN AREA DOTTED WITH INSPIRATION
Tucked away in the nearby alleyways of Chippendale, Surry Hills and Glebe are some of Sydney’s favourite galleries and hidden gems. White Rabbit Gallery, MOP, FraserStudios and NG Art Gallery are close neighbours of Central Park, while UTS: Gallery and Carriage Works are a short meander.
PUBLIC ART COLLECTION
Guided initially by Sydney artists and art consultants Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford and , since 2013, by Barbara Flynn, Central Park’s $8 million public art collection welcomes curious Sydney-siders into an area that was hidden from public view for 150 years. The collection appears on the walls, floors, facades and parks of Central Park.