The City of Sydney is hosting a street party to celebrate the restoration of the beautiful ‘starburst’ street lights that have become a Kings Cross landmark.
The 11 giant coloured ‘medallions’ that hover above Llankelly Place, between Darlinghurst Road and Orwell Street in Kings Cross, now have new weatherproof light fittings and energy-efficient LED bulbs, along with new cables and wiring.
The City is joining with the Potts Point Partnership and local businesses to celebrate the restoration this Wednesday, 17 July
Lord Mayor Clover Moore will join the lights’ original artist, Peter McGregor, to switch on the lights, while roving street performers and a jazz band entertain crowds.
“These lights have become a Kings Cross landmark. Since they were first installed in 2001, the Llankelly Place lights have helped make this dark thoroughfare a welcoming pedestrian walkway with cafes, restaurants and shops,” the Lord Mayor said.
“We’ve fixed the broken lights and made them more environmentally friendly, returning this popular artwork and community icon to its original glory.”
The lights, which were inspired by the nearby El Alamein Memorial Fountain, are arranged in a starburst pattern. Red lights mark the entrance to Darlinghurst Road, before transitioning from orange to yellow to green, where the laneway meets the trees on Orwell Street.
“We have great businesses in Llankelly Place, and this event is a positive step in ensuring the laneway is a celebrated destination of Kings Cross,” the Chair of the Potts Point Partnership, Adrian Bartels, said.
The lighting restoration was completed by Sydney-based design firm Architectural Graphics.
Llankelly Place street party
Date: Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Time: 5pm – the lights will be switched on at 5.50pm
Location: Llankelly Place, Kings Cross
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