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'40 Years Of Love' Installation

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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A giant art installation has popped up in Sydney and it's a massive kaleidoscope of colour, three-storeys high. The bold and sassy inflatable is a celebration of four decades of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Residing at Taylor Square, the nine-metre beauty is designed on a large triangular aluminium truss that rises above the grass island and water fountain to transform the space into a light-filled pavilion. It features references to the history of the Aussie LGBTIQ community, its bloody protests in the beginning to politics and joyous celebration.

Consisting of a lot of symbols, there's also hidden messages and layers as well as a 'naughty' corner. This 360-degree work has many different things to see from various angles and invites you to chill out underneath and wander around the huge pink triangle pondering the Mardi Gras story.

Created by local duo Matthew Aberline and Maurice Goldberg, who have worked on the Vivid Light Festival, this immersive installation also brings fun and playfulness to the Square and will sit alongside the rainbow flag.

Whilst Mardi Gras is in March, it is 24 June 1978 that was the beginning of the 'in your face' revolution and now is the time to think about the people who risked their lives at a time when diversity was not as acceptable. Acknowledging just how far we have come in the fight for equality, this exuberant work starts to glow as the sun sets and will stick around for two months, from 1 July to 1 September.

But that's not all. The rainbow crossing that was installed back in 2013 to coincide with Mardi Gras (and subsequently asphalted over in the middle of the night) is making a comeback in January 2019. It will be resurrected not far away from the original crossing, just in time for the 41st Mardi Gras, and will remain a permanent fixture on the corner of Bourke and Campbell Streets. This new crossing will come with new sensors to keep pedestrians safe and will be trialled for six months to ensure it is safe and sound.
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Why? For love & equality
When: All day
Phone: 02 9383 0900
Where: Taylor Sq, Cnr Oxford & Flinders Sts, Darlinghurst
Cost: Free
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