Several leading artists, designers, design consultants, landscape architects, urban designers and technical experts will come together to create a brand new public space in the heart of Sydney’s Chinatown.
Under the City’s long-term public domain plan for Chinatown, Thomas Street will be closed to traffic between Ultimo Road and Thomas Lane, and transformed into a pedestrian-friendly public plaza.
Celebrated contemporary Chinese-Australian artist Lindy Lee will lead a team of artists and designers including a feng shui expert to design the space in collaboration with design consultancy Urban Art Projects, drawing on the principles of Taoist and Buddhist philosophy to create a major new artistic space providing a contemporary interpretation of traditional Chinese gardens.
City of Sydney CEO Monica Barone is delighted that an artist of Lindy’s calibre and experience would be involved in the City’s ‘New Century Garden’ on Thomas Street.
The idea of a ‘New Century Garden’ emerged from the City’s extensive community consultation in Chinatown, which identified the need for more open public spaces in the area.
Following the success of Jason Wing’s stunning new artwork in Kimber Lane, Haymarket – In Between Two Worlds – the City decided to appoint another artist to lead the design direction for improvements to Thomas Street and the adjacent Hay Street.
Lindy Lee’s proposal was selected from 27 submissions made by a wide range of emerging and established artists from across Australia. The City’s Chinatown Public Art Curator, Aaron Seeto had hosted a forum of more than 60 artists, curators, writers and community members last year to discuss options for the development of the new public space, following which artists were invited to submit proposals responding to the ‘New Century Garden’ theme.
Lindy’s career as a visual artist has spanned more than three decades with her work exhibited across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. She has been featured in the Biennale of Sydney, had a solo exhibition at the Sydney Opera House and held a residency at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing.
Lindy is a founding member of Gallery 4A in Chinatown and has held positions with the Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Centre for Photography, Asian Australian Artists Association and Artspace. She currently holds the post of Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney’s College of the Arts.
Lindy said she was deeply honoured to be selected to lead the artistic development of the ‘New Century Garden’. She envisages a garden that holds ancient Chinese spiritual values, experienced through an Australian landscape.
The Chinatown Public Domain Plan is the City’s long-term vision for the transformation of Chinatown with three laneways in the heart of Haymarket given major facelifts earlier this year.
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