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Moomba 1979
Melbourne's 25 th Moomba Festival

Public Art Squad Pty Ltd creates artwork for public places. Public Art Squad opened the way for the integration of art, architecture and landscape, on a scale that is unprecedented in Australia. The public with great affection often views such prominent public art works and the character of the city is shaped by their presence.


Public Art Squad specialises in art for public places
Art directors of decorative and applied arts for building developments
Art consultants to architects, interior designers, corporations, governmentdepartments, property developers and individuals.
Artwork in commercial centres, retail, and industrial spaces
Murals and decorative finishes for external and internal sites, including building hoardings
Terrazzo and mosaic floor finishes and murals 

With over 25 years experience, PUBLIC ART SQUAD Pty Ltd has developed specialist services designed for community groups, government authorities, and the private sector.


Public Art Squad provides the following services:

  • Concept development
  • Art direction and design service
  • Overall design coordination Manufacture of artworks artwork Production & installation on site
  • Project organization & management Education, training, for school or community groups on public art in the environment
  • Guest lectures & presentations to conferences and educational institutions
  • Public art database, research library of publications and audiovisual presentations and
  • Public artist locum service election of appropriate artists and artisans
    Public relations and media liaison

Our company's team of artists are specially selected for each project.
We work closely with the client to integrate the visual images with the goals of the project.
David Humphries is the hands-on director of PUBLIC ART SQUAD P/L, a company that has completed some of Australia's most memorable large-scale public and commercial commissions. Colossal murals, sculptures and marble / terrazzo installations make up his design portfolio.

David Humphries works internationally with architects, interior designers, communities, developers and multinationals who recognize his expertise in orchestrating large scale art projects for modern buildings and their surrounds.

"Involving artists is not about patronising the arts, it's about management and perceiving that there are people in the community who can do things much more skilled and beautiful than going through the traditional building industry channels."
Architect,  Robert Perry.

Public Art Squad Pty. Ltd. and its director David Humphries provide a unique and pioneering service in Australia. They create site-specific original, durable artwork aimed at adding cultural and capital value, putting visual images to work in public places.

Public Art Squad can be seen as fulfilling another essential role, that of a public art advisory as they work closely and collaboratively with architects, designers, planners and developers on large-scale art projects. They specialise in the integration of art, craft and decoration with modern architecture and urban design.

A notable example of this was David Humphries brief as Artistic Director on Skygarden in Sydney CBD, and Harbourside Festival Market Place, Darling Harbour, both multi-million dollar retail and office developments by Merlin International. Both projects provided spectacular examples of how David Humphries' considerable skills as an artist and trouble shooter enabled him to create a positive dialogue among artists, developers, architects and interior designers.

Enjoying the challenge of working with other international art professionals, many of them at the cutting edge of art design and ‘art in architecture developments, Humphries collaborates with architects, artists, designers and craftspeople.

At the Public Art Squad warehouse studio in Rosebery, they work with him as he plans and develops his commissions. Relevant, contemporary and innovative, Humphries explores and extends the beauty of his clients' environments.

Over the years, Public Art Squad has cultivated a mature understanding of visual resource, social dynamics and how people respond to their environments with respect to art. Identifying the recurring and changing symbols, images and ideas which motivate the Australian people, PAS has developed a widely appealing visual approach, using realistic imagery with bold colours and patterns, often with a strong positive narrative spirit.

Public Art Squad has earned recognition and congratulations for their achievements in bringing the joys of art to the people at large and for exploring new frontiers in art practice. The success of Public Art Squad augurs well for the future of the visual arts in Australia.


Inflatable Sculptural
Commissioned to design the outdoor decorations to celebrate Melbourne's 25th Moomba Festival

Harbourside Festival Marketplace Darling Harbour - 1987/88
Architect: Robert Perry Architecture Oceania
Developer: Merlin International Properties

Skygarden - Sydney
Architect: Crone and Associates
Developer: Merlin International Properties 1990

RobinaTown Centre
Gold Coast,  QLD 1996 -97
Architect: Jerde Partnership LA Cameron Chisholm Nichol, Landscape Architects EDAW

Star City Casino 1997
Commisioned by Landmark LA
Architects : Cox Hillier

Campbeltown Catholic Club 
Architects: Robert Perry - Scott Carver 1993

Fashion and TextileMuseumLondon,UK
Architect:  Ricardo Legorreta, Mexico City
Commissioned by Salah Hassanein 2000

Darling Walk 1b 
Public Art Squad team Collaboration with Architecture Oceania, Merlin International Properties 1990

Devonshire St Subway Central Railway Sydney 1987
A series of eight mural panels by Public Art Squad
Commissioned by State Rail Authority.1987

International Airports Murals
Commissioned by The Federal Airports Corporation
transcribed by Public Art Squad

The Glasshouse 1996
Commisioned by Kumagai
Architects : Bligh Voller

Tech Pacific 1994
Headquarters Rosebery Sydney
Mural Courtyard
Terrazzo art floor in Lobby
Architect: David Fleeting
Commissioned by Tech Pacific

CoralGardens Mural 1984
'Whitsunday 100' Long IslandQueenslandArchitect: Robert Perry
Client: 'Whitsunday 100 '& Ansett Airlines

Erina Shopping Centre
Central Coast NSW 1993
Commissioned by Lend Lease Design Group

Telok Ayer Festival Markets  Singapore 1992
Commissioned by Scotts Holdings Reniassance Properties

Warringah Mall 1999  
Commissioned by AMP Properties
Architects: Woods Bagot

  In Time With The River 2003
Commissioned by Marrickville
Architects: Mark Wilson
Bourke St Mall, Melbourne 2005
Commissioned by City Of Melbourne
Swimming Pool Cocktail Bar Amphora Residential Resort 2004
Palm Cove - Cairns Qld
Tamworth Plaza 2006
The Heights Longyard Estate
South Tamworth NSW
commissioned by John Smyth

Rainbow Serpent
Mosaic Entrance to
Hornsby Station

Pavements In Thirroul
Terrazzo Inserts



Sir Kingsford Smith
Mosaic Portrait


Six Season Of Kakadu
City Of Parmeston NT


Olympic logos
Terrazzo and marble plaques
Sydney Olympic Park


St Vincent Private Hospital
Toowoomba Qld
Qld Private Hospital Toowoomba Qld

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