The Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP officially reopened Angel Place, one of Sydney's special historic laneyways, on December 7th, 2011.
The event launched ASPECT Studios' design of the City of Sydney's major revitalisation of the laneway, including upgraded streetscape with new lighting, custom paving and integrated public art which transform this significant thoroughfare into a bustling new pedestrian shareway. These elements amplify the theatrical qualities of the laneway whilst also recognising the historic significance of the site's development.
The integration of 'Forgotten Songs' within the public domain works adds depth to Angel Place's interpretation. The artwork, an installation of 120 floating birdcages designed by Michael Hill, Dr Richard Major, Richard Wong and David Towey, echoes the sounds of approximately 50 bird species that would have inhabited the Tank Stream area prior to colonial development, the significance of which are reinforced through the engraving of these names in the new granite paving underfoot.
The upgrades provide not only a safer and more engaging pedestrian experience to many of the city's landmarks, but create a beautiful canvas on which the life of the laneway can evolve.
Notes from the Lord Mayor:
"Angel Place is part of a unique pedestrian precinct enhanced by the City Recital Hall, a world class performance venue, and high quality shops, bars and restaurants"
"The City of Sydney is committed to ensuring we continue to grow and thrive as a world class creative and cultural destination, while creating interesting, quality open spaces"
"The work that has gone in to creating this beautiful space in Angel Place is the City's response to the community's desire for an exciting, cultural, lively and connected city centre"