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By George! - Laneway Art

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Should you find yourself in the CBD before the end of January 2010, do yourself a favour and check out By George!.

This is a series of temporary public art works that can be found in laneways off George Street. Altogether, there are 16 sites, half of which contain innovative projects that have been approved by the curator.

Initiated in 2007, the "program brings together the City of Sydney's commitment to nurturing creativity in Sydney and to providing programs to enliven the City's laneways and forgotten spaces."

So what sorts of things are there to see? Well, one example is the Seven Metre Bar, which ironically celebrates inaction on climate change with a watering hole elevated sufficiently high to withstand rising sea levels. Another is Forgotten Songs, a collection of recordings of the native birds to have been driven from the city by European settlers. And there's also the Infinity Forest, an artificial green oasis established within the heart of the urban jungle. While all are different, what they have in common is a desire to stimulate and provoke.

To download a walking guide of the eight principal sites, click here.
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Why? Sydney as you’ve never seen it
When: October 2009 to late January 2010
Where: CBD
Cost: Free
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