The centrepiece of Sixty Martin Place in Sydney – Vault of Heaven & Seeds of Cosmos – has taken top honours at Australia’s most prestigious property awards.
Vault of Heaven & Seeds of Cosmos took home the inaugural Rider Levett Bucknall Award for Best Public Art Project.
RLB NSW Managing Director Stephen Mee said this award “recognises the role of art to tell stories of place, to create destinations, emotional connections and meeting places”.
Australian sculptor and painter Lindy Lee created the masterpieces ‘Vault of Heaven’ and ‘Seeds of Cosmos’ that form the centrepiece to Sixty Martin Place.
The works reflect on the civic qualities and heritage characteristics of Martin Place – defined by the daily thoroughfare, experiences and activity of the site, as well as major moments of commemoration, celebration, and debate.
As the genesis of the RLB Award for Best Public Art Project stretches back to 1991, when the Property Council, RLB and the Art Gallery of NSW presented Adrian Mauriks with the inaugural award for his bronze sculpture, Aspiration.
“2022 marks the award’s revival, as we remake our cities in a post-pandemic world. We are looking for fresh perspectives to attract people to physical spaces and art shows us that our buildings can be canvases upon which we create new economic and social value,” Mr Mee said.
The RLB Award for Best Public Art Project was one of the 17 hotly contested awards highlighting creative industries, ground-breaking innovations, and motivational leadership in Australia’s property industry.
RLB Award for Best Public Art Project inaugural finalists:
- Musical Spheres, Angel Place, New South Wales
- STARS: a reimagined environment 2020, Surgical Treatment and Rehabilitation Services, Queensland
- Vault of Heaven & Seeds of Cosmos, Sixty Martin Place, New South Wales
- Big Nest in Sydney, Central Park, New South Wales
- Sparkling Pond, Bold-Coloured Groove & Tender Fire, Central Park, New South Wales
- Ngook – Honey Story, Curtin University Midland Campus, Western Australia