Rainbow Tunnels in Sydney’s Inner West

Petersham, Ashfield + Newtown

Three pedestrian tunnels in Sydney’s Inner West will be reimagined with rainbow lighting artworks by local LGBTQIA+ artists during WorldPride 2023, as part of a broader range of initiatives.

WorldPride puts Sydney firmly on the global stage as one of the world’s most progressive and inclusive cities.

The demonstration projects by three local artists at pedestrian tunnels in Newtown, Petersham and Ashfield will celebrate the local community to boost public space experience, convenience and safety for pedestrians.

The installations will be live from the 17th of February – 5th of March and are located at:

  • Petersham pedestrian tunnel (accessed via Trafalgar Street and Terminus Street)
  • Ashfield Station tunnel (accessed via Brown Street and Dengate Avenue)
  • Newtown pedestrian tunnel (accessed via Bedford Street and Trafalgar Street)

The projects are part of the Transport for NSW’s Safer Cities Program and The Festival of Place, a place-based, citizen-led, and multi-disciplinary festival that shines a light on the value of our great public spaces and the stories that enrich them.

Image credit: HOSSEI, Stars of Splatters concept design for Petersham pedestrian tunnel

Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.