Public Art

Public artwork continues to be rolled out throughout Burwood to beautify the area, connect the local community and create a sense of place in which the community can be proud to live, work, play, study and engage in Burwood.

 Artist: Michael Black
Animated Humanity  

Funded through the Community Sports Infrastructure Grant from Sports Australia, Council commissioned a wayfinding public art mural on the walls surrounding the Dog Park and next to the Burwood Challenger Obstacle Course in Grant Park.

The artwork provides direction to local facilities and attractions including: 

  • Burwood Challenger Obstacle Course
  • The Dog Park
  • Enfield Aquatic Centre
  • Multipurpose Basketball and Netball Courts

 

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 Burwood Christmas Flags - 2020 

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Artist: Kim Siew
Digital artworks printed onto flags
November 2020 - January 2021

Freelance Sydney based artist Kim Siew was invited by Burwood Council to develop two Inclusive designs for the end of year festive season.  The flags make reference in several languages to the different ways in which the Burwood Community celebrates the end of the year and festive seasons. As well as promoting community spirit, peace and joy over the holiday period. 

 

Burwood Art Prize Entrant's Artworks on Flags - 2021 

Eight artists were selected from the 2020 Burwood Art Prize entrants to participate in the 2021 Public Art Program through having their art prize entries displayed on Burwood Flags from January - March 2021. For the full artworks please see the 2020 Burwood Art Prize Catalogue

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Artist: Tahlia Henderson 
Bewitched by the Bush babies
Original artwork Watercolour and ink on 300gsm paper, photographed and printed onto flags

Artist Statement: 
The local bushland has become our natural playground recently. My 2 toddlers and I can spend hours walking through the rugged pathways of a bush track; often admiring the blooming wattle, the scribble gums and the laughing kookaburras. I find that it is increasingly informing my art practice and has been a welcome outing during the strange socially distanced year we are all caught in. In this particular work, I wanted to convey a magical striking beauty often missed when spotting a ‘common bush turkey’ digging in the scrub.

 

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Artist: Alex Hambert
Minorities Lives Matter-From Western China to Western Sydney
Original artwork Acrylic on canvas, photographed and printed onto flags

Artist Statement:
Life in Burwood of a Uygur woman. The rust coloured background represent Xinjiang desert as well as the brick buildings in Burwood.

 

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Artist: Debbie Achurch
Construction zone
Original artwork Acrylic on canvas, photographed and printed onto flags

Artist Statement:
Having lived in Croydon and Ashfield I have seen huge changes to housing density and the appearance of the local area over many years. The construction of high rise is ongoing and in this work I have focussed on the interacting shapes and lines of modern construction.

 

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Artist: Natalie Uhrik
Her Heart Skipped
Original Artwork Acrylic, markers, Chinagraph on canvas, photographed and printed onto flags

Artist Statement:
Her Heart Skipped’ is a flirtatious and playful exploration of texture, opacity, light and form.

 

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Artist: Helen Bronte Boyd
A Little Bird Told Me
Original Artwork Acrylic paint on canvas, photographed and printed onto flags

Artist Statement:
I’m a first generation Australian on my maternal side of my family, my Mum immigrated as a child after WW11 from Manchester, United Kingdom to working class parents. They bravely moved across to Australia by boat with hopes and dreams for a better life for both themselves and their offspring. Grandma lived in the Boronia Street house for over thirty years, it’s where the family always gathered. Despite being orphaned at 4 years old and never adopted, she had a strong maternal side, she raised four children of her own plus two step children. Grandma showed her love with copious pots of tea, tuna ‘butties’ and an open door for any of us that needed it. That time came for my Mother and I as a small baby when my biological father suicided due to the strains of mental health challenges. Boronia St was our sanctuary during that difficult time and my earliest memories stem from there. Grandma was widowed young and worked hard until 73 years when she was given forced retirement, at Grace Bros on Broadway realised her age. Until that time she trod a well worn path early weekdays to and fro from Broadway on the trains and took an early breakfast at the station cafe for company and ciggy. I remember Grandma May fondly. The ‘little bird’ is a swallow, which symbolise family love and safety. I liken the swallow perched on my shoulder in this self portrait as protective omen reminding me when needed that I am both loved and resilient, received by me through my Grandma in Boronia Street. The copper background of the painting is an acknowledgment of the Wangal Clan, one of the 29 tribes of the Eora Nation and traditional custodians of this land. Stripes on my shirt represent different journeys travelled by my ancestors an my self. The white between these and below show the paths not travelled yet, literally a blank canvas

 

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Artist: Lisa Ellen Hughes

Hustle and Bustle
Original artwork Acrylic Paint, photographed and printed onto flags

Artist Statement:
Hustle and Bustle investigates various constraints of people existing in a busy ecological habitats and the social behaviors of making a mark of their existence via graffiti tagging. The animation on a QR code that accompanies the painting depicts the busy lifestyle and daily routines of people on autopilot traveling to work and attending to lifestyle needs.

 

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Artist: Nanditha Mahadevan 
Āhāra- 120
Original artwork Acrylic, gloss and matte mediums, photographed and printed onto flags

Artist Statement:
While Āhāra means ‘food’ in Sanskrit, it can also refer to ‘diet’ i.e. what is consumed consistently with the influence of culture, habits and values. This work is about the cycle of giving sustenance to both the patrons and the staff and celebrates that Abhi’s Indian (a local Canada Bay restaurant) has been able to do this for over 30 years i.e. 120 seasons. 

 

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Artist: Jennifer Olscher
WASHING DAY
Original Artwork, Acrylic paint and white ink on wooden panel, photographed and printed onto flags

Artist Statement: 
A whimsical glimpse of life during very strange and unprecedented times.

 

 

Burwood Throughout Time: Harmony Day and Heritage Week 2021

Three different artists where commissioned by Burwood Council to develop artworks surrounding the theme Burwood Throughout Time. Asked to reference both Harmony Day and Heritage under this theme, each artist created a work specific to the changing demographics, vision and face of Burwood. This project was supported and guided by Burwood Council's Multicultural Advisory Committee.   

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Flag 1 

Artist: Noni Cragg
Cragg is an Inner West based artist who is of Irish, Scottish, Bundjalung and Biripai Heritage. 

Artist Statement: 
The design recognises and celebrates First Nations ownership and custodianship of the Burwood Local Government area. Wangal Lands and waters extend from Goat Island around Balmain stretching inland along the Southern shoreline of the Parramatta River, known as Burramattagal in Dharug which means Place of the eels, almost right through to present day City of Parramatta. Located near to present day Parramatta road and River, this design depicts the relationship the Wangal People have with the river system. The water motif, represents the Parramatta River which offers food sources such as yams and eels. Yams can be identified by their beautiful yellow flowers; the Murnong Daisy. These flank the large motif used to depict the river. Wangal people farmed yams by careful and purposeful planting along the river. Eels, another source of food provided by the river is shown in the design on top of the river motif. 

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Artist: Alicia McFadzean 
Originally from Australia now living and working in South Africa, McFadzean specialises in illustration, murals, hand lettering and design. 

Artist Statement:
This artwork reflects upon the heritage items still found in Burwood today, with visual motifs representing the Burwood train station; opened in 1855 as one of the original stops between Sydney City and Parramatta and the historic Burwood post office clock tower, build in 1892. The stylisation of Burwood Throughout Time harks back to old school hand painted sign writing and advertising commonly seen around the Burwood railway.  

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Artist: Christina Huynh

Artist Statement:
This year's 2021 Harmony day banners include a gathering of favourite past time trinkets in a stone embellished candle, symbols of good luck and prosperity in the paper crane and lotus and lastly, iconic and most loved cuisines. These elements weaved together to celebrate a gathering of a rich diversity of backgrounds and cultures and the appreciation of everyday residents of Burwood today.

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Hornsey Lane Murals Project

In June 2020 Burwood Council commissioned five Sydney based artists to develop three large scale murals in Hornsey Lane, responding to the themes of Past, Present, Future. 

The project was apart of the Burwood Cares Program. The Burwood Cares Program aims to support the health, wellbeing and resilience of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the banner of Burwood Cares the Hornsey Lane Mural project provided opportunities for recognition and income in order to stimulate the Sydney arts sector. 

All three artworks were completed in August 2020 and Unveiled by Burwood Mayor Cr John Faker. 

Artists: Karla Hayes, David Cragg, Noni Cragg
Storylines (featuring Kirli Saunders)

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Responding to the theme of ‘Past,’ Storylines centres on First Nations custodianship of Burwood. The mural embodies present and future connections to Country by referencing the work of celebrated writer, artist and educator and proud Gunai woman Kirli Saunders who is NSW Aboriginal Woman Of The Year 2020. Storylines features Kirli overlooking a pre-colonial depiction of Parramatta River, foregrounding her cultural, familial and professional connections to storytelling by nestling her amongst her totems; Hoya Flowers, Waratah and the Black Cockatoo.

The Lyrebird, known for its ability to mimic the calls of other birds, references both Burwood’s diverse community and Kirli’s writing practice.  Silhouetted faces frame the composition, embodying a dynamic landscape which breathes its own stories.

 

Artist: Georgia Hill
WITH YOU

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Responding to the theme of ‘Present’, WITH YOU focuses on the coming together and resilience of the Burwood Community during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The simple phrase ‘With You’ generates a sense of assistance, optimism and community spirit through a contemporary design. The use of the concentric circles behind the text is suggestive of fluid movement and a sense of growing and overlapping. This further symbolises the growth and strength of our community during a turbulent time.  

 

Artist: Fintan Magee
Levitate

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Responding to the theme of ‘Future’, Levitate was created through community consultation with Burwood children and families. As a part of the consultation process the children were asked what were their hopes and dreams for the future, with one girl replying that she wanted to live in a levitating house. Noting that the future belongs to children, this mural reflects upon a childhood sense of imagination, creating a feeling of optimism for the future. 

 

Artist Interviews

 

 

Artist: Sid Tapia
Sissy

Originally built in 1871 by the Penfold family, the Woodstock Community Centre site has a rich and detailed history. One of the most colourful stories linked to the Centre is the one of Sissy the elephant. In 1933 Sissy the elephant escaped a local circus to romp through the Burwood community. Woodstock was owned at the time by the Keep Sisters and historical articles document the sisters shooing off the escaped Sissy from their backyard in the early hours of the morning. The image of an elephant today has varied meanings in many different cultures. Overall they symbolise strength, wisdom and good fortune.

 

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Artist: Brode Compton

The Community Centre provides opportunities to hold meetings/events and the pavilion showcases the newly developed nature-themed artwork that wraps around the lower stage. The stage often features local performing artists through community cultural festivals and calendar events. 


 Burwood Park Mural

Burwood Park Mural Pavilion

Artist: Mike Watt

These brightly designed street bollards not only look great but provide a dual purpose for drivers and pedestrians. The high visible colour scheme provides an added element of safety to the bollards that act as barriers for vehicles to deter them driving over the kerb. These pillars of safety are fun street art that the community loves!


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Cnr Wentworth and Everton Rds

Artists: Mike Watt, Gina Deams and Tom Deams 

Chess In The Park 

This artwork depicts the diversity of the Burwood community with different generations and cultures coming together over a Sunday game of Chess.

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Artist: Inge King, AM
Awakening

Unveiled in 1988 by His Excellency The Governor of NSW, Air Marshal Sir James Rowland A.C., K.B.E., D.F.C, A.F.C, Awakening was awarded the Royal Blind Society Sculpture Award.

Born in Germany in 1915 King moved to Melbourne Australia in 1951. While living in Melbourne, King established one of Australia’s prominent Sculpture groups The Centre Five. Drawing from her interest in Abstract Expressionism King moved into using steel and aluminium in her practice. Over King’s 40 year career she moved towards creating iconic large scale pieces of public art, these notable commissions include: Forward Surge (1974) at the Victorian Art Centre, Sentinel (2000) on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway and Rings of Saturn (2006) at the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne. 

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