Building Commissions

MCA Sculpture Series

The MCA Sculpture Series is an ongoing program of works commissioned for the Loti Smorgon Sculpture Terrace on Level 4. The Museum works with artists to realise new, temporary artworks that respond to this unique site overlooking Sydney Harbour.

The Sculpture Terrace is currently exhibiting Yoko Ono’s Wish Trees for Sydney (1996/2013) as part of War Is Over! (if you want it): Yoko Ono. Learn more.

Hany Armanious, Fountain, 2012

Jackson Bella Room, National Centre for Creative Learning

Hiromi Tango Dance (2013)

This is the second in a series of commissioned artworks for the National Centre for Creative Learning’s Bella Room. Each year, an artist will be approached to create a room focusing on a different special need.

Japanese-born, Sydney based artist Hiromi Tango has created an immersive environment for the Jackson Bella Room in 2013-14, a colourful and playful interactive learning environment for people with intellectual disablities. Her space will be available until March 2014.

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Emily Floyd, The Garden, 2012

Circular Quay foyer wall commission

The Journey to Australia is a new wall painting by Guan Wei and the second work commissioned for the Museum’s Circular Quay entrance.

The commission was launched to the public on 22 May 2013.

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Helen Eager, Tango, 2012

Brook Andrew

Warrang (2012)

This artwork was commissioned as part of the MCA’s heritage interpretation program in relation to the historic docks located under the new building.

Brook Andrew’s vibrant response to the challenge of commemorating the historic docklands is a permanent feature of the building, visible from across Circular Quay and illuminated by night.

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Andrew McQualter

Untitled wall painting (for Helen Johnson) (2006-7/2012)

Andrew McQualter’s Untitled wall painting (for Helen Johnson) was commissioned in 2007 by the Museum of Contemporary Art for the Collection. The artist has painted the work onto the new corridor connecting the MCA Ambassador Room with the new Circular Quay entrance.

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Imants Tillers

Pure Beauty 1991-97

Imants Tillers’ multi-panelled painting was the first artwork commissioned by the MCA. It hangs permanently in the original Circular Quay entrance, and acknowledges supporters who contributed to the conversion of the former Maritime Services Board building to the MCA in 1991.

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All images courtesy and © the artists.
Photos: the artists, Paul Green (Fountain) and Alex Davies.