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Sturt Street glows after dark


If you've noticed a neon glow along Ballarat's famous boulevard that is Sturt Street, you're not seeing things.

14 large scale art installations called 'Neon Playground' have been installed as an extension to the Winter Festival.
The display will complement '1000 Doors' which is set to open later this month where the ice skating rink was in Armstrong Street.

“This activation, which follows our successful Winter Festival,  couldn’t have come at a better time as we cautiously emerge out of lockdown,” Ballarat Mayor, Cr Daniel Moloney said.

“The neon lights certainly have an impact against the backdrop of our heritage buildings and stand as a beacon of hope for Ballarat residents and businesses who have done such a great job keeping our city safe during this pandemic,” he said.

The Neon Playground from Melbourne artist Carla O'Brien is located in the Sturt Street gardens, spanning three blocks from Dawson to Lydiard Streets.

Ms O’Brien is no stranger to Ballarat with previous work including her neon ‘Angel Wings’ displayed as part of White Night.

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