Beyond its harbour and famous landmarks, Sydney also has its hidden gems. There’s an abundance of secret gardens, hidden beaches and little-known national parks. An unassuming alley in the city centre, which you would be forgiven for writing off as nothing more than an ordinary laneway is home to an incredible public artwork. In one of many laneways in Chinatown, you’ll find a row of blue cupids; when the sun sets, neon light covers this artwork in a vibrant, cinematic glow. The Instagram-ready spot titled In Between Two Worlds by Sydney-based artist Jason Wing is located in Haymarket’s Kimber Lane.
In Between Two Worlds, Chinatown
The highlight of the City of Sydney’s upgrade to Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane, this artwork was installed many years ago, yet continues to remain surprisingly under the radar. Consisting of three main elements which include wall and floor murals and 30 suspended spirit figures, the neon glow at night completely transforms the otherwise regular alley. You’ll also see a huge mural of clouds adorning the surrounding walls and the laneway ground as part of the hidden artwork.
According to the City of Sydney, the illuminated figures are inspired by Aboriginal and Chinese heritage and represent the elements of wind, water, fire and earth, each of which are believed to have their own spirits in both cultures. The blue clouds are supposed to represent good fortune so it’s worth walking the full length of the laneway if you’re hoping for a stroke of good luck.
Visit this hidden spot at night to see the spirit figures light up the clouds and walls in a bright blue light. Read all about this artwork here.