NYE13 Creative Ambassador and artist, Reg Mombassa, has spread his unique vision throughout Sydney in the lead up to New Year’s Eve with original artworks, featuring a high rise Sydney Opera House and one-eyed koala, adorning banners across the city.
Sydney has been transformed into an art gallery with the limited edition, logo-free, ‘tribute banners’ showcasing Mombassa’s six original artworks inspired by the city itself.
Best of all, a lucky few Sydneysiders and visitors have the opportunity to take home one of these unique pieces of Sydney New Year’s Eve history, when the banner artworks become available for sale in early January.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the six tribute banners, limited to an edition of 15 each, were raising excitement for NYE, while also bringing art to the city’s streets.
“Reg Mombassa has gone beyond the usual role of a Creative Ambassador and stretched his creative flair from the fireworks to the streets of Sydney,” the Lord Mayor said.
“The six artworks feature characters and images that are uniquely Reg, such as one-eyed koalas, a high-rise Sydney Opera House and telegraph poles – one of his favourite motifs.”
Mombassa said the six banner artworks were inspired by Sydney’s landscape and environment.
“We are fortunate in Sydney to have a harbour that hasn’t been completely built out, there are still many parks, reserves and stands of trees and shrubs with their attendant wildlife dotting the harbour surrounds,” Mombassa said.
“I also always liked telegraph poles. Apart from their attractive sculptural qualities and the auditory enchantment of the singing wires, they suggest the idea of travel and the romance of far-off places as they disappear into the distance.”
There are only 15 tribute banners, sized 4.5-metres x 1.5-metres, available for each of the six artworks. The limited edition banners cost $250 (postage extra) and are available now online at the official NYE website, or by emailing [email protected]
Banners will be delivered from Monday 17 February 2014, on confirmation of payment.
Mombassa explains the inspiration behind the six banners:
Hi-rise Opera House
“Reflecting the general trend towards high-density housing this is a plan for a high-rise Sydney Opera House with rental accommodation. This would be achieved by jacking up the existing building and adding some brick cladding and corrugated iron to the building to give it a more Australian feel.”
“The Octopeye is a continuation of the 2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve ‘all-seeing eye’ theme and a representation of the genetically-modified aquatic life of the harbour. But it’s also an opportunity for a fishy visual pun.”
Eye Gums with Creatures
“We are fortunate in Sydney to have a harbour that hasn’t been completely built out, there are still many parks, reserves and stands of trees and shrubs with their attendant wildlife dotting the harbour surrounds. This is one such tree with its tenant creatures.”
Poles and Wires at Night
“I have also always liked telegraph poles. Apart from their attractive sculptural qualities and the auditory enchantment of the singing wires they suggest the idea of travel and the romance of far off places as they disappear into the distance. The mystery of the poles and the suburban architecture and shrubbery that surrounds them deepens when lit by streetlights or the moon.”
“A techno-organic visual pun in the key of green.”
Telegraph Poles 2
“I needed to balance the colourful buffoonery of the other banners with something less cheerful. A grey and black rendition of aspects of the industrial complex and the electro-power infrastructure should satisfy this requirement.”
For a safe and enjoyable 2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve:
• Download the NYE13 app to receive live updates about the event;
• Choose a vantage point in advance and be aware popular areas fill up quickly;
• Plan ahead if you’re heading to the harbour foreshore and take public transport;
• Remember not to take glass to the event, and place rubbish in the bins provided;
• Tune your radio to 104.1 2DayFM to hear the synchronised fireworks soundtracks; and
• Watch the live broadcast on ABCTV, from 8.30pm-12.30am.
For more information and high-resolution images, visit sydneynewyearseve.com/media-centre
Download the free NYE13 app here: itunes.apple.com/us/app/2013-sydney-new-years-eve-app/id569043744?ls=1&mt=8 and here play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.b2cloud.nye2012&hl=en
2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve is proudly sponsored by Citibank, Telstra, 2DayFM, APN Outdoor, News Ltd, Twitter, Production Resource Group, Technical Direction Company, Action Sound, Brown-Forman, Carlton & United Brewery, Coca-Cola Amatil, De Bortoli Wines, Heir of The Dog, Imagination, Interface, Scarborough Wine Co, The P.A. People, The Menzies Sydney, The Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, The Royal Australian Navy, NSW Maritime & RMS, Office of Environment & Heritage, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Sydney Opera House Trust and Sydney Ports.
For media enquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Jodie Minus, phone 0467 803 815 or email [email protected]
For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Tyron Butson on
0427 044 768 or email [email protected]
The 2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve charity partner is Engineers Without Borders Australia, a member-based not-for-profit organisation with 10-years-experience in creating systemic change through humanitarian engineering by:
- Working in partnership to address a lack of access to basic human needs such as clean water, sanitation and hygiene, energy, basic infrastructure, waste systems, information communication technology and engineering education;
- Educating and training Australian students, engineers and the wider community on issues including sustainable development, appropriate technology, poverty and the power of humanitarian engineering; and
- Leading a movement of like-minded people with strong values and a passion for humanitarian engineering within Australia and overseas.