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Monday 08 November 2010

Carmen's big on Sydney streets

Posted in: Hall of Fame
By Jacqui Stanford - 4th October 2010


The face of trans-Tasman trans icon Carmen Rupe is splashed across Sydney's streets, as the city celebrates its diversity through art.

Carmen is featured in both The Banner Gallery and Sydney Life exhibition as part of the City of Sydney's ninth annual public art festival Art & About Sydney, which runs until 24 October.

The Banner Gallery

The Banner Gallery includes everyone from Carmen to war veterans, mums, visiting honeymooners, children and frontline emergency workers, in an exhibition which aims to show the real faces of Sydney.

The faces of the 100 Sydneysiders feature on 400 giant banners, which will line the city's streets for the next month. The 4.5m x 1.5m photographs are in street corridors throughout the CBD and City Villages including George St, College St, Elizabeth St, Oxford St, William St, Kings Cross, Redfern St and Glebe Point Rd.

"You will see the diversity, strength, wit, quirkiness and vulnerability of everyday people in the images on display. From school children to the elderly, to friends and family, proving that art really is for all," says Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

The Banner Gallery is a collaboration between the City of Sydney and Artistic Advisor John Kaldor from Kaldor Public Art Projects.

"Our aim was to bring the extraordinary diversity of Sydney faces to our streets, with these striking portraits not only letting us see ourselves as we are now, but out in the public spaces that are so much of our daily lives. Louise Hawson has done a wonderful job in portraying Sydney," says Kaldor.

Photographer Louise Hawson spent six weeks photographing over 500 Sydneysiders for the exhibition.

Sydney Life

Picture by Jenny Templin, courtesy City of Sydney

A gorgeous shot of Carmen gunning it down Elizabeth St in her shining red mobility scooter (which she has thanks to a kind group of her Kiwi friends who all chipped in) features in the photo exhibition Sydney Life.

The picture by photographer Jenny Templin is among 22 photos in the outdoor exhibition, which is being displayed along the central walkway of Hyde Park North till 24 October.

"This is Sydney seen through the eyes of some of our most talented photographers who've captured original and striking moments which reflect insightful observations of Sydney Life," says Clover Moore.

"Using our city as their canvas and the iconic Hyde Park as gallery space, this much loved competition celebrates our uniquely Sydney lifestyle and culture in Australia's oldest park."

The 22 finalists in the Sydney Life exhibition were chosen from over 500 entries, with a black and white of people trying to cool down at Bondi during an epically hot day winning the overall $10,000 prize:

Image courtesy City of Sydney

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Jacqui Stanford - 4th October 2010