Thursday 17 March 2022
A striking design inspired by the petals of Gandangara flowers and the rich Aboriginal history of the region will feature on the façade of Liverpool Hospital’s new $50 million multi-storey car park, the largest scale artwork commissioned by NSW Health.
Developed by artist Bibi Barba, in collaboration with Aboriginal Elders, services and community members, the design celebrates the local region’s environmental and cultural diversity through shape and colour on a mass scale.
Bibi Barba was raised in Liverpool and is recognised as an international first nations artist. Inspired by her grandmother’s storytelling and her love of the land, Bibi’s artwork reflects a sense of vivid storytelling, melding traditional Indigenous design with contemporary style and innovative colour combinations.
“I’m so proud to have been involved in such a significant local project and to have worked together with community to champion an authentic Aboriginal design, inspired by our rich history in the area,” Ms Barba said.
“While contemporary, the design has a strong connection to country, celebrating the flower petals of the region, which were collected for cultural knowledge and wellbeing.”
The artwork on the façade of the new seven-storey car park is part of a broader arts and culture strategy for the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct. Other initiatives are planned to be incorporated into the redevelopment of Liverpool Hospital to help enhance the patient, visitor and staff experience.
The new car park is due for completion in mid 2022, with installation of the facade artwork to follow.
Earlier this week the first sod was turned for construction on the new six storey hospital tower as part of the overall $790 million Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct – one of the state’s largest hospital redevelopment projects.
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