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The WestConnex Public Art Program - Canal to Creek includes eighteen signature artworks that have activated new and existing parklands between St Peters and Beverly Hills. Artworks include contemporary sculpture, artist-designed playgrounds, large-scale murals, a writers walk and an immersive lighting installation.
Named ‘Canal to Creek’ after the waterways that connect the art sites, each work is a site-specific exploration of the relationship between people and place.
Alexandra Canal defines the eastern end of the program and Wolli Creek, the western end. Both are part of the same water system that is linked by the Cooks River and Botany Bay. The role of the natural environment on our experience of place is a recurring theme for Canal to Creek artists. In some way, all of the eighteen artists pick up on a cultural thread that supports local identity and belonging.
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The WestConnex M4-M5 Link Tunnels project team (Acciona Samsung Bouygues Joint Venture) collaborated with Bidjigal artist Esme Timbery, one of Australia's most significant shell artists, and her daughter Marilyn Russell to design the façade of the ventilation facility to be built at St Peters. This is expected to be completed by 2023.
The design aims to create an educational piece for the local community; it presents a story of creativity and history. Through the use of colour and modern fabrication, a traditional expression is kept alive with a contemporary flair for future generations of Sydney to enjoy. The artwork celebrates the culturally significant shell making tradition that is unique to the Sydney Indigenous community of La Perouse.
The M5 Linear Park is comprised of parklands that border the M5 East corridor from King Georges Road Interchange to Bexley Road at Bexley North.
In February 2021 Transport for NSW completed the Linear Park Enhancement Project which delivered complimentary gym equipment and amenities to these existing parklands to develop the recreational needs of the community. Upgrades have included new transport links, outdoor play and fitness equipment, new seating, tables and drinking fountains as well as sporting fields and courts.
This program was run simultaneously to the WestConnex Public Art Program and the parklands now hosts several of the public art installations from Canal to Creek in the suburbs of Beverley Hills and Kingsgrove.Read more
As part of the WestConnex M8, a new above ground interchange has been built in St Peters. The site was transformed from a contaminated landfill into a future-proofed state-of-the-art above ground motorway network with important connections to future projects linking to the airport, southern Sydney and a second harbour tunnel crossing.
Building St Peters Interchange was the catalyst for the remediation of the contaminated Alexandria Landfill site which has now been transformed into accessible public space for the first time in decades. Approximately 400,000m³ of waste has been treated, capped, and safely retained on site allowing for the sustainable delivery of more than 6-hectares of accessible green space including 650,000 new trees, shrubs and bushes.
The new green space is also the home to many of the public art installations from the WestConnex Public Art Program – Canal to Creek.Read more
The WestConnex M8 is the longest continual tunnel in Australia and was opened to motorists on 5 July 2020. The M8 is stage two of the wider WestConnex network and will be linked with the M4 via the M4-M5 Link Tunnels, currently under construction.Read more
Artworks must be original and respond to one of the Canal to Creek themes - Ecology, Community, Transformation, Indigenous Culture, Heritage.
Your Canal to Creek Prize entry will require at least one photo of your artwork. Here are some handy tips to best help capture your masterpiece.
There are fabulous prizes to be won for the first, second and third place in each Year group (Year 7 – 10). Prizes for each category will be as follows:
One school will be randomly selected to win a special school visit by one of our talented Canal to Creek artists who will run an exciting art focused workshop with the students.
Each winning artwork will be framed and displayed at our state of the art Motorway Control Centre (MCC) for the WestConnex M8. To honour and congratulate the Canal to Creek Prize winners, an awards ceremony will be held at the MCC. The winners in each Year group will be invited to celebrate their award-winning artworks and will be congratulated with a decorative trophy on the day.
Entries to the Canal to Creek Prize will be judged by one of the Canal to Creek artists, a representative from the Visual Arts and Design Educators Association and the WestConnex CEO, who oversaw the delivery of the Canal to Creek Public Art Program. Meet them below!
Artworks will be judged based on artistic merit, creativity, and fit to the Canal to Creek theme.
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