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The Curating Cities Database maps the increasingly important and emerging field of eco-sustainable public art. It is developed as a resource for researchers, academics, artists, curators, educators, commissioning agencies and sponsors working in the field as well as those interested in promoting sustainability via public art. In addition to descriptive information, the database evaluates the aims and outcomes of each project as well as the external constraints (and subsequent negotiations) that influence the production of public artworks.

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Central Park Public Art Strategy : Turpin + Crawford
Central Park Public Art Strategy
Turpin + Crawford
The Central Park Public Art Strategy, developed by Turpin + Crawford, was forged through a partnership between Frasers Property and the City of Sydney, and represents a productive collaboration between the private and public sectors.
Waste Landscape : Elise Morin and Clémence Eliard
Waste Landscape
Elise Morin and Clémence Eliard
Waste Landscape—comprising of 60,000 unsold and collected CDs which have been hand-sewn together—is a monumental artificial landscape that resembles the ever-increasing mountains of urban landfill at waste management centres.
Thunderbolt : Bonita Ely
Thunderbolt
Bonita Ely
Thunderbolt is a public installation commissioned by the Sydney Olympic Park Authority. The iron edifice uses a digital interface to respond to real-time measurements of domestic energy loadings in the immediate area by changing the colour of the lights in the sculpture.
The Energy Cafe : Pilot Publishing (Amy Plant and Ella Gibbs)
The Energy Cafe
Pilot Publishing (Amy Plant and Ella Gibbs)
Energy Cafe was a community-based, portable, off-grid kitchen, which explored alternative energy, urban agriculture, and shared public space. Pilot Publishing (Amy Plant and Ella Gibbs) held workshops, talks and open days where visitors could actively participate in creating the work.
Supercyclers (Plastic Fantastic) : Liane Rossler and Sarah K
Supercyclers (Plastic Fantastic)
Liane Rossler and Sarah K
Working with recycled plastic bags, Liane Rossler and Sarah K founders of Supercyclers, created an innovative series of homeware designs and an eco-sustainable business model.
Halo : Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford
Halo
Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford
A kinetic sculpture that is activated by the wind, located in the Central Park development in Sydney. It consists of a large yellow ring which orbits upon an angled mast in response to the variable strength of the wind.
Dalston Mill : EXYZT
Dalston Mill
EXYZT
A disused railway line and waste ground in the East London suburb of Dalston was transformed into a temporary 16 metre high fully functioning flour mill with a community kitchen and bread oven that was open to the public.
Nuage Vert (Green Cloud) : HeHe (Helen Evans & Heiko Hansen).
Nuage Vert (Green Cloud)
HeHe (Helen Evans & Heiko Hansen).
Produced in collaboration with Helsinki Energy, the public art installation Nuage Vert (meaning ‘Green Cloud’) projected green light onto the vapour cloud emitted from that city’s Salmisaari power plant to visualise the plant’s energy output.
Reincarnated McMansion : Mathieu Gallois
Reincarnated McMansion
Mathieu Gallois
Reincarnated McMansion is an interdisciplinary project spanning the fields of contemporary art, architecture and town planning, concerned with strategies around sustainability. Initiated in 2008 by Sydney-based artist and architect Mathieu Gallois, it aims to tackle unsustainable building practices in the Australian suburbs.
One Central Park Vertical Gardens : Patrick Blanc
One Central Park Vertical Gardens
Patrick Blanc
Patrick Blanc’s vertical gardens at One Central Park in Sydney span 1000 square metres and sprawl across the building’s two towers, which are 16 and 33 stories high. At 150 metres high they are the tallest vertical gardens in the world.
Vertical Garden at Trio, Camperdown : Patrick Blanc
Vertical Garden at Trio, Camperdown
Patrick Blanc
Patrick Blanc’s vertical garden on the northern facade of the Trio North building in Sydney exemplifies the artist-botanist’s longstanding practice of integrating nature into the unused vertical spaces of urban architecture.
Activate 2750 : Ash Keating
Activate 2750
Ash Keating
Situated near the Westfield shopping centre in Penrith (Western Sydney), Activate 2750 aimed to address unsustainable modes of consumption and raise awareness with regard to waste management through a confronting and monumental installation of local waste.
High Line Art : Participating artists include Sarah Sze, Alison Knowles and Spencer Finch
High Line Art
Participating artists include Sarah Sze, Alison Knowles and Spencer Finch
Elevated above the urban streets of New York City, the High Line is a public park built on an abandoned freight railway line on Manhattan’s West Side. Featuring a constantly changing public art program, High Line Art, the High Line has become a prime example of urban renewal.
This database is developed by the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA) at COFA, UNSW in association with the City of Sydney and Carbon Arts as part of the Australian Research Council ARC linkage project Curating Cities.