Art & About is Sydney’s largest celebration of collaborative art.
With the festival kicking-off over the weekend, the city’s public spaces become a canvas open to all. In its twelfth year, Art & About features more than 50 events, including sculpture walks, installations and a photographic scavenger inspired by the theme ‘Private lives, public spaces’.
Sydney’s dirty laundry has been hung for all to see. A large-scale clothes line reveals Secrets in World Square. “Melted cheese creeps me out”, “I like the texture of bald heads” and “I read the last page of the book first” are among Sydneysiders spills.
Italian art collective Cracking Art Group have placed 24 mammoth-sized neon snails in public places around Sydney. Weighing over 100 kilograms each, these snails are hard to miss. You can see them in locations such as Hyde Park, Martin Place and Pitt St Mall. Made out of recyclable materials, the snails are a large-scale reminder of environmental importance.
324 mirror faces (above) are lined-up in Hyde Park. Discover the changing nature of the environment with this multifaceted mirror installation. Depending on who you are and where you are standing, the installation will be different for everyone. Return at night, and an entirely new scene will present itself. The city lights are reflected off the mirrors leaving you questioning what is real and what is image.
The public are invited to participate until October 20. – Cherie Allen, Victoria Kerridge
Photos taken by Cherie Allen and Victoria Kerridge