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
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'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
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
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
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 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