‘Kooka! Trail’ in Paddington Almost Ready for Unveiling

Kooka! Trail
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Playful and artistic kookaburras will bring more colour to Paddington as the Kooka! Trail project, an innovative and creative community idea, gets ready for unveiling.

Some 16 artworks representing the Australian icon have been chosen for the Kooka! Trail installation to highlight the unique character and heritage of Paddington Terraces. 

The project involves 13 local artists like Tori-Jay Mordey, Spectator Jonze, Zoe Porter, Debra Hood, Jade Thompson, and Michelle Jae Andrews. They were tasked to create their own interpretations and use the fabrication of the Kookas, made from waste concrete, as their canvas. 

Below are just some of what the artists have been preparing so far.

Per the Council, “Installation of the Paddington Terraces ‘Kooka! Trail’ and street furniture is scheduled for mid-2022, subject to weather and site conditions. Council will consult with business owners and operators within the installation areas to ensure minimal disruption occurs during construction. Access to all businesses will be maintained during the installation period.”

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The Kooka! Trail is part of the Paddington Terraces Precinct Grant Project, which was kickstarted in April 2021. Locals suggested the trail, alongside the addition of more street furniture, a drinking fountain upgrade, and a dog bowl facility. 

Learn more about the project here.