Ephemeral artwork describes non-permanent work that can include temporary installations, performance art, dance, or exhibitions.

This category of public art often overlaps with others – for example, the work Red on Green by Anya Gallacio may also be categorised as an installation, while Rainbow Arbor by Ned Kahn, is a permanently installed work with an ephemeral component: the rainbow only appears at certain times. Other prominent examples of ephemeral artwork are listed below.

Examples of ephemeral artworks



  • Born in Darkness Before Dawn - Nicole Foreshaw, temporary projection onto the Australian Museum, William Street, Sydney

  • Unravel - Louisa Dawson, temporary installation Darlinghurst, Sydney

  • Wrapped Coast - Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Little Bay, Sydney