Devonshire St Subway Central Railway Sydney
A series of eight mural panels by Public Art Squad
Artist team: David
Humphries, Rodney Monk, Ashley Taylor, Zig Moskwa and Banduk Marika
Commissioned by State Rail Authority.1987
Public Art Squad's eight murals in the busy Devonshire Street pedestrian tunnel under Sydney's busy Central Station are
seen by 1,000s of people everyday.
The Devonshire Street tunnel, once the bain of commuters
with its drab, graffiti scarred walls, it was a hideous rundown gloomy and threatening environment where people behaved in an anti-social way. It was not a safe place.
In an endeavour to solve the problem and ease the journey for weary commuters the NSW Rail Authority consulted Public Art Squad. Humphries proposed that introducing mural art into the subway would affect the environment in such a way that it would
change the way people behave there.
''We understood a wide range of people use this tunnel and we wanted the murals to appeal to an equally wide range of tastes''
The murals were designed to entertain and enlighten, creating a cohesively themed environment to be experienced as a walk past
pedestrian gallery .
There themes reflect familiar images of trains from the past and present, respect for the natural environment, & the whimsy, escapism
and entertainment of the buskers mural.The collaboration with Aboriginal artist Banduk Marika further anchors the murals themes into reflecting the culture of the city.
Their survival against all odds demonstrated public respect for the artworks. The beneficial modification of behaviour in the tunnel was powerful evidence to the value and effectiveness of Public Art Squads work in the public domain.
After a successful life of over twenty years these popular Public Art Squads murals were replaced by bland digital imagery.