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Giant Japanese artwork divides public opinion in Sydney

Published on Jul 29, 2014 12:49 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - A giant Japanese-designed public artwork that will straddle Sydney's main street was unveiled on Tuesday, dividing opinion with supporters saying it will boost the city's reputation and critics calling it "stupid".

The steel Cloud Arch, designed by Tokyo-based Junya Ishigami, will tower up to 50 metres above busy George Street as part of the city's plan to spruce up its central business district, lanes and parks.

Two other public artworks will also be installed, including a pavilion shaped like an oversized milk crate designed by Egyptian-born artist Hany Armanious that will stand nearly 14 metres tall.

Acclaimed British artist Tracey Emin was also given the nod to create a corridor of bronze bird installations in another area of the city as part of the A$9.3 million (S$10.9 million) plan.

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