Lord Mayor Clover Moore made the announcement as part of the traditional rainbow flag raising ceremony at Sydney Town Hall to mark the beginning of the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival commencing this Sunday with Fair Day.
Moore said a permanent symbol will honour the contribution the LGBTI community has made to Sydney over the past 40 years, while also sending a message that the city was safe and inclusive of everyone.
“I’ll be asking city staff to start the planning, design and consultation for a major public artwork at Taylor Square in Oxford St – the traditional heart of Sydney’s GLBTI community,” Moore said. “We all miss the magic crossing at Taylor Square. I want this symbol to bring as much colour and joy to Oxford St as the crossing did. It should serve as a landmark, a destination, an icon and a meeting place. Something people will want to photograph and share with others.
“Most importantly it should celebrate what has been achieved and remind us how much there is still to do.”