Lord Mayor announces permanent artwork at Taylor Square to celebrate LGBTI community
The Lord Mayor Clover Moore today has called for the installation of a permanent public artwork in Taylor Square to mark the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras in 2018.
Moore made the announcement at a flag raising ceremony today, where a rainbow flag was hoisted high above Town Hall as a crowd of LGBT advocates, supporters and community members looked on.
Moore said a permanent symbol will celebrate the contribution the LGBTI community has made to the city over the past 40 years.
“It will say loud and clear that Sydney is a safe, inclusive city for everyone,” the Lord Mayor said.
“I’ll be asking City staff to start the planning, design and consultation for a major public artwork at Taylor Square in Oxford Street - the traditional heart of Sydney’s GLBTI community.”
Whilst the Lord Mayor lamented the destruction of the 2013 rainbow crossing, she hoped the new artwork would “bring as much colour and joy” to Oxford Street as the crossing did".
“It should serve as a landmark, a destination, an icon and a meeting place. Something people will want to photograph and share with others," she said.
“Most importantly it should celebrate what has been achieved and remind us how much there is still to do.”
Mardi Gras Co-Chair Siri Kommedahl added: “We are incredibly proud of the contribution our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex communities make to the cultural life of our city, and its reputation as one of the world’s most inclusive and welcoming cities."
Independent Member of Sydney, Alex Greenwich, who was present at the announcement said he was certain the LGBTI community would welcome a permanent installation at Taylor Square.
“I hope for a permanent reminder of the battles fought and won, and a celebration of diversity and inclusion,” Greenwich said. “Strong community participation and a focus on design excellence will ensure this will also become a major tourist attraction.”
Photo: rainbow advocates and allies show their true colours. Photo Cec Busby