Public Art Squad's Harbourside Studio Sydney 1987 to 1991
David Humphries, Director of Applied and
Decorative Arts for Merlin International themed, art directed and produced the decorative arts commissions of their major retail developments.
A 20,000 sq metre art production studio was established in Ultimo where Public Art Squad
coordinated the works of a formidable artistic team for Harbourside Festival Marketplace.
The project involved the talents of more than 30 Australian artists and craftspeople that included
Thancoupie, Bunduk Marika, Peter Travis, Warren Langley, Jennny Kee , Linda Jackson, Rodney Monk, Patsy Healy, Jenny Orchard, Sandra Taylor, Stacey Pollard, Zig Moskwa, Susane
Holman,Bruce Goold, Deborah Leser, La Paloma
The results are multi disciplinary, involving the work of ceramic, textile and multi media artists,
painters and sculptors. Hand painted ceramic tile murals, artist designed terrazzo floor works, hand painted and printed silk banners and flags, three-dimensional mobile and fixed sculptures
monumental trompe l'oeil illusionistic paintings, lyrical welded iron entrance gates, and muti colouresd schools of mobile tropical fish and flocks of parrots, together with a host of decorated
pots, transformed this public retail marketplace into a showpiece for art, making Harbourside one of the most thrilling commercial spaces in the world. Dr Lindsay Sharp Director Powerhouse Museum 1987.
The Studio went on to produce the artwork program for Skygarden and DarlingHarbour entertainment complex Darling Walk 1B for