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Ghostpatrol, Living and Dreaming in this City, 2019, Tallawong Station. Commissioned by Landcom in 2019 for Sydney Metro Northwest Places Public Art Program. Image courtesy of Landcom.

Public art enriches the connection between people and place

Public art

Public art is an essential part of placemaking and is playing a key role in developing community identity and a strong sense of place as Sydney Metro Northwest Places develop over time.

Sydney Metro Northwest Places artworks are memorable, distinct, powerful, and contribute to an enhanced experience of place.

Public art program

The public art program may include a series of permanent art, the integration of art into architectural and landscape design features, and more temporary works such as installations, new media and outdoor performance. The program includes art delivered by both Landcom and development partners.

Landcom delivered art

We are delivering a series of art projects which reflect the past and present of Sydney’s Northwest, and include new ideas about art through storytelling, interpretation and cultural expression.


The Plant Library

In spring 2019, local community gardeners and horticultural experts took part in Lauren Brincat’s The Plant Library, at Tallawong Pocket Park. The project honoured the Cumberland Plain and reflected on the area’s transformation from the food bowl of Sydney to a residential community, filled with a rich growing culture of its own. Over 10 days, more than 1,000 people visited The Plant Library, many of them sharing stories of gardening and their lives in exchange for a seedling.

This program was presented by Landcom in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art’s C3West initiative, Blacktown City Council and Blacktown Arts. To find out more watch this short video.

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Hasta La Bella Vista Baby

Hasta La Bella Vista Baby was held on 30 November 2019 and provided a unique after-dark celebration of the Hills Shire’s diversity and creativity, celebrating art, dancing, live music, good food and more. The event was led by artist Tina Havelock Stevens, who spent a year collaborating with the community to craft an exciting evening, paying homage to a rapidly changing suburb. 

This program was presented by Landcom in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art’s C3West initiative and The Hills Shire Council. Watch the Museum of Contemporary Art’s documentary of the event below.

Watch the video

Creative hoardings

First round of creative hoarding

In 2019, we worked with art curator Amanda Sharrad to find artists to create contemporary, bold and innovative artworks to inspire, invigorate and announce Sydney Metro Northwest Places.

Artists nationally and internationally were invited to have their art displayed on the hoardings of development sites. The result was the commissioning of six talented and inspiring artists who have provided works that enhance the visitor experience of the sites.

Large-scale artworks were installed for the community to enjoy at Tallawong, Kellyville, Bella Vista, Hills Showground, Cherrybrook and Norwest. Read more about the artists who worked with us and their artworks below.

Second round of creative hoarding

In April, we called out to artists to express their interest in producing artwork for our second round of creative hoardings. Artists were asked to submit an artwork concept proposal with a vision to enliven and activate Sydney Metro Northwest Places.

Following a thorough evaluation process, we have selected five artists.

  • Bradley Eastman (Beastman)
  • Ian Mutch
  • Maddison Gibbs
  • Nadia Hernandez
  • Tina Barahanos, Alexandra Byrne and Leanne Watson (collaborative artwork).

The artists are now finalising their artworks and we are excited to share these with you over the coming months.
We thank all the artists who submitted a concept and congratulate the successful artists.

Development partner delivered art

We champion high quality public art in private developments and support the delivery of public art by our development partners. Public art projects are guided by site-specific concept development approvals and the associated Urban Design Guidelines.

Sydney Metro delivered art

Light Line Social Square is Sydney Metro’s public art project for the Metro North West Line. This urban environmental art project is integrated into the spaces and structures, light and life of the stations and their precincts at Cherrybrook, Castle Hill, Hills Showground, Norwest, Bella Vista, Kellyville, Rouse Hill and Tallawong. 

The expansive art project is a collaboration between Turpin Crawford Studio, Peter McGregor from McGregor Westlake Architecture and Hassell. Light Line Social Square includes artful landscapes, sculptural furniture, transparent coloured glazing in skylight lanterns, facades, lifts and escalators, train activated platform lighting, glazed tiled walls, playful paving and cooling mist installations.

Learn more about the Light Line Social Square and the Sydney Metro Art Masterplan.