Care to walk our city’s hidden spaces in search for birdcalls, whimsical shapes and homages to jazz musicians, or ruminate about early colonial monuments which once caused opposition? Or, perhaps the lure of a red-light district’s art deco forms and well-trampled boulevards are more your bag?
It may feel like you know this city through and through, but it might be time to see it from another angle. We have just launched a brand new app that can help you find something new in familiar places.
The Sydney Culture Walks app currently holds 10 curated tours – four will guide you around the city’s public art collection, City Art, and six hold a volume of information on our history, from the seedy histories of Newtown and the Cross, to the heart of the city’s Aboriginal community and its fervent political activism of the 60s and 70s.
You’ll find the set of stairs between Potts Point and Woolloomooloo which were built to physically segregate the poor from the rich (as seen in the 1920s Australian silent film The Kid Stakes) – and visit the site that held public executions until 1853.
The app also pinpoints our intriguing public art collection and shows you how inspiration for the works was drawn from monarchs to Miles Davis to feng shui.
Finally, Sydney Culture Walks holds the secrets to over 400 points of interest – both historical and public art – scattered throughout the city. It provides fascinating information and images for you to discover by topic, location or theme, specially curated by the City of Sydney.
You can download the free app on the App Store, Google Play and at sydneyculturewalksapp.com