Public Art

Public Art that celebrates history and inspires a sense of place. 

South Eveleigh enjoys a fascinating history. As well as being home to the Eveleigh Railway Workshops – the birthplace of Australia’s national rail network - the site has an important Indigenous legacy.

Throughout the planning phase for the new technology and innovation precinct at South Eveleigh, Mirvac has partnered with Carriageworks, as well as a number of leading local artists, to bring to life a collection of public art installations of varying scale throughout the precinct. Once complete, the diverse display of public art will showcase the distinct culture and rich history of South Eveleigh and create a unique contemporary experience for its community. 

To date, two artists have been invited to compose three major art installations for South Eveleigh. Once complete, the art will be featured at prominent locations within the new public domain.

Eveleigh Tree House by Nell

In 2018, Sydney-based artist Nell was invited by Mirvac to reimagine a tree house in adult form, wrapped around and within the trees on Eveleigh Green.

Situated outside Yerrabingin House at South Eveleigh, the Eveleigh Tree House encourages inter-generational play whilst promoting cultural connectivity, enhancing the everyday experience of the precinct.

As an artist, Nell has a wide-ranging of practices traversing installation, sculpture, video, painting and performance, the Eveleigh Tree House captures the essence of imagination, observation and retreat from the world.

Happy Rain by Nell

Happy Rain, Nell’s second public art work at South Eveleigh, will take the form of a large-scale smiling cloud created from LED lighting attached to the exterior of Yerrabingin House (Building 3) at South Eveleigh.

Nell explains, ‘This simple and universally recognisable imagery invites viewers to reflect on the relationship between weather, environment and mood, as well as the constancy of the natural world within and around our built environments. They reference that which has been eternal to this place – the weather and natural environment, the continuous elements that link Eveleigh of the future with the land of its past.’

Lobby Art by Jonathan Jones

Located in the Lobby of Axle, Jonathan Jones’ Untitled (red gum slabs) is a site-specific artwork created in response to South Eveleigh’s rail history, proximity to the railway network, and both local and state Indigenous heritage. The old red gum slabs used in this artwork were originally harvested in the Koondrook/Barham region on the Murray River, some over 100 years ago.

The New South Wales timber industry in this region, like in many other areas, supplied the railway sleepers used throughout the State. The timber and railway industries have historically employed Indigenous people, with the railway providing the physical means for many to come to Sydney, after the Freedom of Movement Act, in search of a better life. In this way the railway network has been an important network for many Indigenous people, connecting the city and the country. The layout of the slabs reflects the railway lines and their natural shapes talk to the internal architectural treatment of the building, reminding viewers of the site’s past and future.