Instagram-worthy art brings Parramatta to life

10 December 2020

A collection of ‘augmented reality’ (AR) artworks on display around Parramatta will bring the area to life in exciting and surprising ways these summer holidays, as part of a NSW Government activation campaign to support local businesses.

Parramatta Light Rail Program Director Anand Thomas said the interactive art installations will allow locals to explore their community in a new way as well as attract visitors into the Parramatta CBD.

On display from now until January at sites along the future Parramatta Light Rail alignment, audiences will be treated to special displays from artists including Shannon Boyd, who will paint an original piece live on site as part of Christmas celebrations for the precinct.

From January 11 to February 1, the Parramatta River foreshore will host a beach-themed artwork, painted on site by artist Keith Stanley, while at Riverside Theatre, Indigenous artist Geoff Sellman’s work will highlight the journeys of eels and connections of people through time, showing how ‘Burramatta’ (the Dharug word for ‘Parramatta', 'Burra' meaning the Eel Ancestor of Parramatta and 'matta' meaning place) has always been a meeting place for people, animals and nature alike.

Note: AR artwork displays were extended until March 2 by popular demand. 

Read the full media release

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