Shelter NSW
The lights are on, somebody's home.

People react to the political decisions made about the places where they live in ways that can be seen, heard, felt, and sensed. In Waterloo, a place with a history of large-scale redevelopments, community responses to the most recent state government announcement for ‘renewal’ are creative, risky, and political... more

City Hub
Waterloo Tenants Speak Up

Community art project ‘We Live Here 2017’ is providing Waterloo public housing tenants with a platform to express how they feel about controversial plans to redevelop their homes. The project will see a light installation at Waterloo’s Matavai and Turanga Towers come to life in July, followed by a documentary in late 2017 capturing the stories of tenants and roll out of the project. more

Daily Telegraph
Waterloo's public housing residents showcase their heart through film and art

A new project will shine a light on the people who make up Waterloo’s public housing community. Ahead of the proposed razing­ of the Matavai and Turanga towers in the Waterloo­ estate, 500 coloured lights will be installed into the windows of housing tenants, allowing them to change the colours to communicate their feelings with the outside world. more

Public Housing Residents want to Light Up the Skyline, ABC News

A group of public housing residents in inner-city Waterloo in Sydney want to set-up one of the largest art-installation projects the country has ever seen. The 'We Live Here Project' plans to put mood lights in the windows of these towers to draw attention to what is happening. more


South Sydney Herald
Vivid Memories

Apart from making a documentary that explores and celebrates our neighbourhood stories, Clare and her team are working with Matavai and Turanga towers to create a community-powered light sculpture... more





There’s An Important Story Behind Those Pictures Of Neon-Lit Apartment Windows

There’s a picture you might have seen on social media of late. If you ever spend time in Sydney’s Redfern or Waterloo at night, you might also have seen it in person.

It’s an image of two drab grey concrete towers, with a smattering of windows lit up in neon hues. It looks a bit like a light-up dancefloor superimposed on a building, or else a multi-storey game of Tetris. If you’ve never seen these towers before, you might reasonably expect it to be part of the Vivid festival, something there to be Instagrammed. more

The Guardian


‘These are people’s homes’: the art project making public housing in Sydney's Waterloo glow

Every night for the past few weeks, the twin towers at the Waterloo public housing estate have slowly begun to light up. At 30 storeys, the Matavai and Turanga buildings loom over the rest of the estate, and at 5.30pm each evening new windows have started blinking on like fairy lights to join the others. more


The Sydney Morning Herald


'We Live Here' art installation to shine light on demolition of Waterloo public housing project

From the street, there is little sign of the ongoing battle to save the Waterloo public housing development – but a project launching this weekend aims to change that. Thousands of people who call the sprawling development home will be moved on under a state government plan to demolish... more


Alt Media


Sirius business: a brutalist victory

A local community group has won their court case against the state government.
The Sirius building, Millers Point will now be heritage listed, after the former NSW Heritage Minister Mark Speakman failed to do so in 2014. Mr Speakman claimed listing the building would... more



 In Protest of Gentrification, Sydney Residents Turn Towers into Light Displays

Residents at a 1970s public housing estate in Sydney are fighting gentrification in a simple yet striking display that asserts the presence of their community to the entire city. Every night, hundreds of residents living in soaring towers at the Waterloo estate are turning on colorful lights in their windows to illuminate the buildings. more



Alt Media

Towers illuminate to meet their Waterloo

The twin towers at the centre of Waterloo public housing estate have been illuminated with squares of coloured lighting for an arts project that draws attention to their uncertain future.
Visible from a distance, the 30-storey high Matavai and Turanga building windows...  more



Residents of Sydney high-rise estate use lights to protest against gentrification

Night after night, the windows of the tower blocks that make up the Waterloo Estate in Sydney have been gradually lit up in different colours as part of a public art project that aims to make the community more visible.

Triggered by the NSW state government's plans to redevelop the area, the #WeLiveHere2017 project has been gaining traction over the past few months and will now officially launch on Saturday night. more


The conversation


We Live Here: how do residents feel about public housing redevelopment?        

The Sydney suburb of Waterloo is set to be redeveloped as a state-government-nominated “State Significant Precinct”. Many Waterloo residents are anxious about the relocation process and about what kind of neighbourhood they will return to.

Documentary filmmakers and urban scholars are working alongside residents as they attempt to engage with media reporting and urban planning of the redevelopment. more


Art Pharmacy

Art That Highlights: WeLiveHere2017

As Sydney Contemporary 2017 settles down after a five day whirlwind art affair, it is interesting to think what the lasting effects of the art fair will be. What will crowds remember this year? There are many candidates. The installation, ‘Red Room’, by Hiromi Tango; a scarlet installation room bursting with tactility, and aimed at children. more


City of Sydney Blog

#WeLiveHere2017: 60 storeys of light, 5000 stories of home

If you have walked through Redfern or Waterloo lately, you might have noticed colourful lights appearing in the windows of Matavai and Turanga towers. It’s part of #WeLiveHere2017: a community led art installation that aims to generate discussion about the people affected by urban renewal projects.
Each resident has been offered a set of coloured lights for their window. The project transforms the towers into a beacon to the community, powered by the people themselves. more