12 new public artworks unveiled

We take a look at 12 recently unveiled public artworks that joined the urban landscape in recent months – some celebrated, some criticised, and others already vandalised.

While 2020 might have been the year of toppling colonialist public sculptures, accompanied by the rise of billboard art interventions in the wake of COVID-19, that wasn’t the only activity in the public art realm happening in recent months.

Here, we take a look at how public art continues to shape our urban and rural landscape through 12 recently unveiled new works.

Paul Sloan Pigeon (2020), Rundle Mall, Adelaide. Image courtesy the artist and Hugo Mitchell Gallery.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina