Between the 1970s and the 1990s, a wave of anti-LGBT violence swept through Sydney and broader NSW. Today, we know that along Sydney’s coastline, including Bondi, many gay men and transgender women were assaulted and, in some cases, murdered. Many of these cases remain unresolved.
Since 2016, ACON has been working with Waverley Council to build a permanent public artwork in Bondi to honour victims and survivors of historical hate crimes and act as a symbol of healing, justice, hope and inclusion.
In 2018, Marks Park in Tamarama was chosen as the site for the memorial because of the many crimes that took place there and for its significance to LGBT people who have gathered there since the early 1970s.
Following a call-out for artist expressions of interest in 2019, six were shortlisted to develop detailed concept designs. The community was invited to provide input over a four-week consultation period in June – July 2020.
After evaluation of feedback, Waverley Council’s Public Art Committee recommended Urban Art Project’s Rise as the preferred artwork. The recommendation was adopted by Council in August 2020.
More information on the process to date is available in the 'News' section here.