8 Phillip Street, Parramatta

Public Art Strategy & Implementation





install forecast
Q4 2021

9th August onwards




Symbolising all that is great about the rise and momentum of a new Parramatta, and a new vision for Sydney. Evolving from street to sky, transformative architecture will embrace the context of its surroundings. This will be a declaration of progress and inclusion. 

A world-class precinct that extends vertically, layering local heritage, amenity, hospitality, residences, and a global rooftop destination. This is where day and night are alive with energy, where residents and the community can connect and celebrate a new era in a place they are proud to call home.  In a place that leads the way. 

The site defined by Marsden and Phillip Streets, contains not only the heritage element of St Andrews Church, but the potential for renewed street level activation below a progressive tower development.



The priority location for artwork has been identified as the pedestrian zone (above) on the corner of Phillip Street and Phillip Lane, adjacent to the brand new QT Hotel Lobby entrance, though there are other opportunities to expand on this.

The locale is bounded by Phillip Street to the South, with Marsden Road and Phillip Lane to the West and to the East respectively, Parramatta’s Church Street lies a mere 40 metres to the East. 

Half a stone’s throw to the North sees the beautiful winding Parramatta River and ever popular Parramatta Park. 

Locals will attest to the convenience of the site, being mere minute’s walk from the future Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta train station and the city’s bustling commercial hub.  

A natural public thoroughfare between Parramatta train station and the new Parramatta Stadium sees this sites huge potential for public art viewing, urban influence and cultural significance.  

Easy connections to Church Street Northbound and Smith Street Southbound give 8 Phillip residents vehicle access to the Western Highway and James Ruse Drive.

site context


Historical Significance

Parramatta and its surrounds have a deep and culturally significant story to tell.

From the original owners of the land, the Darug, through to colonisation, booming industry, the post war depression and then the boom of the suburbs, the story of Parramatta is as intricate as it is diverse.

The name ‘Parramatta’ literally means “head of the river” and this is exactly where a second penal colony was built in 1788, a mere 9 months after the first landing at Sydney Cove (now Circular Quay). Transport up the Parramatta River served to provide the now laid out town with an increasing influx of settlers and convicts, a town was born.

Pivotal elements in Parramatta’s history lay the foundations for a story to be told that is culturally diverse, historically significant and crucial to the way in which the city plays a role in todays society.

We respect and would like to acknowledge the land of the Darug people. The Darug people are the Traditional Owners of this land. Authority Creative also acknowledges the present Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who now reside within this area and encourage artist submissions in accordance with this.


  • The Aboriginals of the land saw
    Parramatta as a breadbasket of
    natural resources.

  • Parramatta has always been an important meeting place for Aboriginal people.

  • The river served as a main transport route early in the city’s days.

  • The industrial boom, saw Parramatta stand on its own two feet, severing its reliance on Sydney City as a source of its lifeblood.



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