One Of Sydney’s Most Recognisable Buildings Is Getting A Controversial Makeover

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5 November 2017

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The City Of Sydney has announced they will be painting over one of the most noticeable buildings located in the heart of Sydney’s Darlinghurst. 

Even if you aren’t familiar with the building named T2 at Taylor Square, you definitely know it. 

You know, the big pink building with the words ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ scrawled across it, designed by Aboriginal artist Reko Rennie.


The painting will now be removed in preparation for the building’s sale. 

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a council spokesman stated that Rennie is happy for his artwork to be removed:  

"Repainting the building will remove the current artwork and ensure the City in its capacity as building and artwork owner is complying with the development application for the artwork, which has expired and the wishes of the artist for the work to be removed prior to sale.” 

Not everyone is happy to see it go, though. 

Labour councillor Linda Scott has expressed her disapproval of the sale, telling SMH: "Rather than stripping this building of public art and selling it off to the highest bidder, I'm yet again calling on the Lord Mayor (Clover Moore) to keep this building in public hands and use it to lead the revitalisation of Oxford Street.

"Taylor Square is an iconic public space in Sydney, and we can't afford to get it wrong."


The artwork was only meant to be temporary, however, it quickly became loved by the community and as a result, the council voted to extend it’s run for an extra two years in 2012.  

"Although this artwork holds significance to Sydney's Indigenous community, it was not commissioned as part of the Eora journey program that celebrates living culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities… It was always intended to be a temporary piece," the council added. 

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