An exhibition uncovering the secret life of animals in Sydney will launch at Customs House this month.
Something Else Is Alive: Sydney and the Animal Instinct will explore everything from mounted police horses and their role on Sydney streets to the pesky habits of ibises in the city, and the family of white cats who took up permanent residence on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon.
The exhibition will feature the wild boar statue with a lucky snout, Il Porcellino, outside Sydney Hospital on Macquarie Street and Bailey, the dog on constant seagull patrol at the Australian National Maritime Museum.
There will be a 24-hour live bee-cam and rare footage of a peregrine falcon hunting and capturing its prey in the middle of the city centre.
The project is an opportunity for Sydneysiders to explore the lives of the seen and unseen creatures that live among them in the city.
The city, our parks, gardens and wetlands provide homes for all kinds of wildlife
Local artists Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Blak Douglas, Mylyn Nguyen and Garry Trinh, as well as City of Sydney employees, professionals, residents and visitors will take part in the project.
The exhibition, to be launched at Customs House on Thursday, will present cross-media works in street photography, video and ceramics.
A collection of animalia gifts received by the City of Sydney, and objects from the Australian National Maritime Museum will also be displayed.
City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the exhibition and public programs would focus on some of the many species that have been long-term residents of the city and its surrounds.
"The city, our parks, gardens and wetlands provide homes for all kinds of wildlife,” Cr Moore said.
“I’m sure many Sydneysiders would be surprised to know who we share our city with, including several threatened species such as bees and the grey-headed flying fox.
“We are working hard to protect the native creatures that share our city – our urban ecology action plan aims to create diverse and resilient ecosystems and liveable habitats for many rare and endangered species in our local area.”
This showcase will run from August 17 to February 22.