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“A LABOUR of love” is how inner west artist Melissa Carey described assembling this larger than life wooden sculpture which was unveiled for Chinese New Year.

While rezoning plans have placed uncertainty over creative enterprises on Carrington Rd, things are looking up at the nearby Victoria Rd precinct where developers have committed to not only retaining existing tenants — but expanding the space for hundreds more.

Among the artists to come on board is Carey, whose latest effort — an 8m tall handpainted sculpture made of hundreds of pieces of wood has gone on show at Market City.

“It took three months of a lot of hard work — to see it go on display has been very rewarding,” Carey said.

“I was inspired by helical spiral designs and used Chinese fortune sticks as a reference — symbolising harmony, balance and good fortune.”

The work will permanently be displayed at the Victoria Rd precinct when the redevelopment of the site is complete.

Planning consultant Sean Macken said the project would create space for at least 700 artists.

“It will be the largest concentration of creative space anywhere in the southern hemisphere,” he said.