New Liverpool Hospital Car Park Façade Designs Unveiled

A striking design inspired by the petals of Gandangara flowers and the rich Aboriginal history of the region will feature on the façade of Liverpool Hospital’s new $50 million multi-storey car park and is the largest scale artwork commissioned by NSW Health.

Developed by artist Bibi Barba, in collaboration with Aboriginal Elders, services and community members, the design celebrates the local region’s environmental and cultural diversity through shape and colour on a mass scale.

State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, said the story, its significance and visual appeal of the car park façade design would give the hospital site a distinctive identity and had been embraced by local schools and hospital staff.

“The feedback from those consulted during the design process has been overwhelmingly positive and appreciated that this prominent feature of the hospital campus was considered.” Ms Gibbons said.

Bibi Barba was raised in Liverpool and is recognised as an international first nations artist. Inspired by her grandmother’s storytelling and her love of the land, Bibi’s artwork reflects a sense of vivid storytelling, melding traditional Indigenous design with contemporary style and innovative colour combinations.

“I’m so proud to have been involved in such a significant local project and to have worked together with community to champion an authentic Aboriginal design, inspired by our rich history in the area,” Ms Barba said.

“While contemporary, the design has a strong connection to country, celebrating the flower petals of the region, which were collected for cultural knowledge and wellbeing,” she said.

Liverpool Hospital General Manager, Karen McMenamin said that engagement with Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities was a key component of embedding arts and culture in successful projects, especially in the diverse south western Sydney community.

“The arts play an important role in our hospitals, and we are working together with staff and communities to create a hospital environment that will aid recovery and provide welcoming, safe and connected spaces for all who visit – from the moment they arrive on campus,” Ms McMenamin said.

The artwork on the façade of the new seven-storey car park is part of a broader arts and culture strategy for the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct. Other initiatives are planned to be incorporated into the redevelopment of Liverpool Hospital to help enhance the patient, visitor and staff experience.

The new car park is due for completion in mid 2022, with installation of the facade artwork to follow. The NSW Government has committed $790 million for the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct, including the new $50 million car park.

Artist impressions of the Liverpool Hospital car park design can be found here