'Cloud Arch' sculpture coming to Sydney: Like it or loathe it?


A mooted $3.5 million artwork that will rise over Sydney's main street is dividing opinion.

A roller coaster, dental floss, a tapeworm, a piece of spaghetti. Even the curvaceous cartoon movie character Jessica Rabbit. These are just a few of the early descriptions of a $3.5 million, Japanese-designed artwork that will straddle Sydney's main street.

City of Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore described the design of the steel Cloud Arch that will stand between 50m and 75m high over George Street, as "momentous."

The Junya Ishigami design, which is designed to feel cloud-like because of its height, was unveiled on Tuesday morning at Sydney Town Hall. The artwork is to rise diagonally across from the Queen Victoria Building to the Woolworths building.

It is part of plans to make the heart of Sydney pedestrian friendly and have light rail running down George Street under the showpiece of a $9.3m suite of public artworks.

But the plans have been met with mixed reaction online. We take a look at some reaction.

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