They only come out at night. They are mysterious glowing blue figures suspended high above a less than salubrious laneway in Chinatown. Now, I'm not usually one for hanging around the grimy back alleys of Sydney, but on this fine night, my good wife and I were sauntering from a scrumptious dinner at Darling Harbour back to our hotel and decided to check out the Chinatown vibe. As we walked up past Kimber Lane we're mesmerised by the cast of ghostly blue figures seemingly floating above. And we weren't not alone. Almost everyone that walked past paused, enchanted by these ghostly cupid like characters.
What we were all keen to know is; what are they and what are they doing here?
We returned to our hotel and pitched these questions to the staff, surely they'd know. Afterall, their hotel backs onto the laneway. But they knew nothing! The mystery of the blue cupid like characters of Kimber Lane would have to wait until we returned home.
A quick probe on Google revealed that Kimber Lane is part of a Sydney City Council revamp of the back alleys of Chinatown. The artwork is the creation of 34 year old artist Jason Wing who is of Chinese and Aboriginal descent. Unnoticed by us in the dark, the walls of the lane are covered with murals of blue clouds. "I chose blue because Chinatown already has a lot of yellow and red, which can blend in. I wanted to create an experience like waking in between two worlds or travelling between heaven and earth". Says Jason.
The figures, however, are described as 'large metal spirit figures surrounded by blue LED night lights'. Gee, I was hoping for a more romantic, deeper answer, but hey, they're certainly very arresting eye catching pieces of public art and we should be thankful we live in a city that's prepared to invigorate even the dreariest public spaces. Kimber Lane's transformation from smelly back alley to permanent art work and possible future shopping space is certainly commendable.
Make a B-line to Kimber Lane's 'Large metal spirit figures', or 'Blue Cupids' as I prefer to call them, and be mesmerised like everyone else.