During WWII, two large oil tanks were built into the eastern side of the Domain in Woolloomooloo to provide fuel for the naval fleet at Garden Island. Disused for decades, they have remained hidden until now.
As part of the Art Gallery of NSW’s expansion, one of the decommissioned tanks is being transformed into a spectacular art space. The scale, structure and acoustics of the 2200 square metre space are remarkable, and the creative use of this underground treasure will be one of the highlights of the Sydney Modern Project for artists and audiences alike.
Pictured above is an architectural rendering of the Gallery's expansion, the Sydney Modern Project, as viewed from inside the oil tank gallery. Image of the Sydney Modern Project as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2018. All artwork shown in the rendering are indicative only.