All Our Boys is a site-specific piece of public art, located at the entrance to the Highline Development in Westmead. Highline sits opposite 2 items of local heritage significance: the University of Western Sydney and the Victorian Residence. The buildings formed part of the St Vincent’s Boys’ Home that occupied the site from 1896 to 1985.
The story of the site is a combination of all layers of its history which was a rich source of inspiration for the design of the public artwork. ‘All Our Boys’ tells the story of the boys of St Vincent’s Home, who were the life and essence of the site. The artwork looks back at the boy’s lives and reflects their story to the present and future times.
The unique form of the artwork, mimicking sheets of paper, is a reference to the home’s history. Much like the boys, the pillars seamlessly work together to form a beautiful whole. The repetition of these mirror finish, aluminium sheets represent the significance of both individuality and unity in the process.
On closer inspection of the work is a meandering row of 87 glistening individual structural pillars, each one strong, bold and unique. In the site’s history, boys were forged into industrious moulds. This artwork represents their individuality within their collective identity.