New public art commission for Sydney unveiled - architecture and design

New public art commission for Sydney unveiled



A new large-scale public art installation addressing mental health through art and poetry has been unveiled across the streets and laneways of St Leonards in North Sydney, as part of The Big Anxiety 2019 Festival ? Australia?s largest mental health festival.
Created by Sydney-based artist Cameron Cripps-Kennedy, in collaboration with Western Sydney poet Omar Sakr and students at Bradfield Senior College, the permanent art installation is a collection of poetic text-based artworks attached to the walls, buildings and windows of Atchison Lane, Atchison Street and Chandos Street in St Leonards.
These Walls Could Talk has been commissioned by TWT Property Group with the support of Bridging Hope Charity Foundation and examines the day-to-day experience of young people living with stress. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found almost one in seven children and adolescents have mental health disorder, or just under 600 000 young Australians. The artwork was generated through a series of workshops held between the artist, poet and students, seeking to explore the day-to-day experience of young people living with stress and mental illness. Comprised of a series of poems that speak to mental stress and illness, it builds upon the design and text-based work of Cameron Cripps-Kennedy who issues private experiences of micro-aggressions and stigma into the public space.
Cripps-Kennedy believes language has immense power and hopes the work helps visitors to understand the...
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