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.
Final design selected for the Bondi Memorial
ACON and Waverley Council are proud to announce that Urban Art Projects (UAP) will be commissioned to create the Bondi Memorial.
UAP’s successful design ‘Rise’ was one of six shortlisted designs for the Bondi Memorial public artwork, which will honour victims and survivors targeted in homophobic and transphobic attacks in Eastern Sydney and broader Sydney.
ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said UAP’s design embodies the spirit and themes of the Bondi Memorial Project: “ACON congratulates UAP on being selected to create the memorial for their beautiful and deeply moving artwork.”
“We know it will serve as a respectful memorial to the victims and help heal the trauma these past events have caused for the families of victims, as well as the LGBTQ community and many local residents. The events of this dark chapter in Sydney’s history have left a painful legacy that continues to be felt today.
“The memorial will help raise greater community awareness of the issue of anti-LGBTQ hate crimes, promote the continuing need for relevant information to be brought to the attention of police, and serve as a reminder of the importance of valuing and celebrating diversity in our community.”
Deputy Mayor of Waverley, Elaine Keenan, said UAP’s design fulfilled all the criteria the Project had outlined in serving as a respectful, engaging and moving memorial to many who had lost their lives due to hate.
“The Waverley Public Art Committee, Council officers and ACON staff all noted the subtlety and elegance of the design and its response to our Public Art Policy’s criteria for placemaking, artistic excellence, local culture and heritage and sustainability,” Councillor Keenan said.
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