A rainbow flag raised on Oxford Street yesterday will permanently remain there until 2018.
The 6.4 metre by 3.2 metre flag will fly six storeys above Oxford Street to represent the significance of the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) community.
The flag will fly until 2018, when permanent artwork will be revealed to coincide with celebrations of the 40th anniversary of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
The Sydney City Council endorsed the flag’s installation at an area known as Gilligan’s Island at Taylor Square.
“Sydney has the largest GLBTI community in Australia and while we develop a permanent public artwork this flag will say loud and clear that Sydney is a safe, inclusive city for everyone,” she said.
The decision comes after the Mardi Gras rainbow crossing in Darlinghurst was controversially painted over last year.
“Since the removal of the much-loved rainbow crossing at Taylor Square, many people have expressed a desire for a significant artwork to celebrate Sydney’s GLBTI community,” Ms Moore said.
“City staff will work on delivering this major public artwork at Taylor Square in Oxford Street – the traditional heart of Sydney’s GLBTI community.”
“I want the artwork to bring as much colour and joy to Oxford Street as the crossing did. It should serve as a landmark, a destination and a meeting place – something people will want to photograph and share with others.
“Most importantly, it should celebrate what has been achieved and remind us how much there is still to do.” – Luke Mahoney
Photos by Mohammad Rassawala.