Charles Street Square Upgrade

May 2024 – Project update

Work is progressing on Charles Street Square’s public art piece. Designed to engage audiences and take them on a journey, Craig Walsh’s 30-minute multi-layered video ‘Ebb and Flow’ explores Parramatta over time.

This public art project acknowledges the continuing presence of First Nations people in Parramatta and our shared journey towards reconciliation, respect, and reciprocity. Craig consulted with community, heritage, archaeological and ecological teams, and Dharug Cultural Custodians to create a story of human interaction with the land and waters over time.The work presents a deep time experience that captures past and present.

The artwork featuring the stories of Parramatta will be projected 30 meters long x 10 meters high onto the escarpment across the river from Parramatta Quay and will be best viewed from Charles Street Square. The artwork is anticipated to open to the public in September 2024. Projections will begin at 6pm in winter and 8pm in summer. Admission will be free.

evolving flora landscapes

(Evolving Flora Landscapes - Craig Walsh)

eels and archaeology

(Eels and Archaeology - Craig Walsh)

Artist Craig Walsh

Internationally renowned Australian artist Craig Walsh has become widely known for his pioneering works including innovative approaches to projection mapping in unconventional sites. His site-responsive works have animated natural environments and features such as trees, rivers and mountains, as well as public art projects in urban and architectural space.For more information on Craig Walsh see

Charles Street Square is officially open!

With the $12m+ transformation of Charles Street Square now complete, Parramatta Quay is ready to welcome residents and visitors to a new riverfront gathering place that connects people to Parramatta’s unique stories.

Celebrating the point where salt water and fresh water meet, Charles Street Square now offers a distinctive arrival for ferry passengers and easy-to-navigate ramps and stairs make connections between the Parramatta River and the CBD accessible to all.

City of Parramatta’s design for Charles Street Square draws inspiration from the curved geometry of the river, the surrounding landscape, and the site’s unique history. This vibrant public space now offers a wide riverside promenade, an amphitheatre, garden terrace and city square.

Charles Street Square was officially opened by the Lord Mayor, Cr Pierre Esber and Ms Donna Davis, Councillor and MP for Parramatta on Monday 27 November 2023.

The major public art piece planned for Charles Street Square is scheduled to be installed in mid-2024.

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