This July, Sydney's Taylor Square will be transformed with an explosion of colour, as it plays host to a vibrant inflatable art installation celebrating four decades of Mardi Gras. Titled 40 Years Of Love, the work was announced in February by Lord Mayor Clover Moore as the winner of the City of Sydney-supported Taylor Square Public Art Project.
The eye-catching piece is the work of local artists Matthew Aberline and Maurice Goldberg, who've described it as a "big, bold and sassy artwork based on concepts of public protest, joyous celebration, community activation and engagement". The pair's colourful installation will be draped around a big aluminium truss, creating a light-filled pavilion for the public to enjoy.
Mardi Gras CEO Terese Casu said the artwork would celebrate an important part of Sydney's ongoing story. "With the work's vibrant energy and complexity, we share that Mardi Gras isn't a singular thing but a cacophony of diverse ideas, people, histories, politics and expressions," she said.
40 Years Of Love will grace the square for three months, after it's unveiled on Sunday, July 1. It was initially meant to be launched on Sunday, June 24 — the anniversary of the first Mardi Gras — but was pushed back.