Tags: Art, Campaign, Digital Placemaking, Retail, Sculpture, World Square

Sustainable sculpture made from recycled City of Sydney street flags and banners unveiled at World Square, George Street.

Commissioned by World Square in partnership with creative hotshop VANDAL, a vibrant sustainable sculpture has been unveiled as a burst of recycled colour by artist Gabrielle Filtz. 

Titled Weaving Thru the World’, the sculpture is part of an impressive art, sculpture and placemaking activation at World Square retail precinct in Sydney.

Says artist Gabrielle Filtz from VANDAL: “The recycled materials used in the artwork consist of discarded fabrics, ribbons and rope from old City of Sydney street banners, festivals and flags – including Mardi Gras festivals. Collected from Reverse Garbage in Marrickville, I loved using discarded materials to create public art, rather than seeing it end up in landfill.”

Says Marina Zarnitsyna, World Square Marketing Manager, “Bold, bright and unique artworks have overtaken the entrances and laneways at World Square, enticing passers by into the precinct to explore the dynamic mix of over 100 food, fashion, lifestyle, entertainment and essential service stores. The Spanish Stairs at George Street is one of the highlights of this bold and colourful project”

With ‘Weaving Thru the World’, I wanted to not only create an oversized public art sculpture, but also ensure the artwork can be created in a sustainable fashion. I’m very proud of the sustainable use of recycled materials.”

“I kept asking myself how the artwork can show Sydney, and the wider world, that we are creating a beautiful statement while also being mindful of the delicate ecosystem on this beautiful planet of ours.”

“Multiple trips to Reverse Garbage in Marrickville ensured I had a colourful palette of recycled, reusable mediums to work with.”

“Old City of Sydney street banners, ribbons, rope and fabrics were used as material to weave the artwork together. By purchasing these recycled materials from Reverse Garbage, we not only supported their amazing contribution to recycling, but also gave a sustainable second life to Sydney’s cultural heritage in the form of a bold, up-cycled work of recycled art for the next generation to enjoy.”

▼ World Square

  • General Manager: Paul Morgan
  • Marketing Manager: Marina Zarnitsyna
  • Assistant Marketing Manager: Evelyn Georgalas


  • Artist: Gabrielle Filtz, VANDAL
  • Executive Director, Creative Strategy: Emile Rademeyer
  • Experiential Producer: Ciara Hehir
  • Creative Producer: Catherine Terracini
  • Photographer & Editor: Mariah Dunn