Agatha Gothe-Snape, The Noblest, 2018-2021, 2021 | Greenland Centre, 115 Bathurst Street, Sydney | commissioned by The City of Sydney

Agatha Gothe-Snape's The Noblest, 2018-2021, is a permanent public art work located in the Greenland Centre at 115 Bathurst Street, Sydney, near the corner of Bathurst and Pitt Streets. It is a short work from Sydney Town Hall and open 24 hours to the public in a street level arcade.

The Noblest is an approximately 100sqm mosaic ceiling comprising marble, glass and glazed porcelain. The artwork also occupies the ground plane paving with a poem commissioned from poet, Kate Lilley.

The poem fragment in the mosaic ceiling echoes the 1938 bronze bas-relief by Stanley James Hammond located on the fa├žade of the former Metropolitan Water, Sewerage and Drainage Board building adjacent to the Pitt Street entrance of the arcade. In his artwork, Hammond quotes the Greek lyric poet, Pindar. In her mosaic, Gothe-Snape has integrated Pindar's text into a watercolour marbling design by her paternal grandmother, Margo Snape. Gothe-Snape invited Australian poet Kate Lilley to respond to the mosaic. Lilley's words are engraved in the granite paving stones of the arcade.

Commissioner: Greenland Australia
Architects: James Grose, BVN
Curator: Barbara Flynn