Posts in Category: sydney

80-Year-Old Wooden Escalators are Repurposed as a Sculptural Ribbon by Artist Chris Fox

Photos by Josh Raymond / Chris Cox

Artist Chris Fox was tasked with repurposing two pairs of timber escalators that were first installed at Sydney’s Wynyard Station in 1931. The escalators have carried passengers for over 80 years and slowly became an iconic symbol of the city’s identity. Fox’s solution is Interloop, a twisting, accordion-like ribbon that is now suspended from the station ceiling, stitching together 244 wooden escalator treads in an otherworldly design.

Fox says Interloop is intended to permanently enshrine the motion of the escalators while also communicating that passengers remain stationary while riding them. The piece is the final step in a significant overhaul of the station that now features new elevators and escalators, a larger concourse, and improvements to ventilation and ticketing.

You can read more about Interloop and the history of Wynyard Station in the Sydney Morning Herald, and see more photos and behind-the-scenes process shots on Chris Fox’s website. (thnx, Evan!)

“Botanical Inquiry” by Photographer Daniel Shipp

Sydney-based photographer Daniel Shipp fosters a renewed appreciation for traditionally under-appreciated plants. Collecting a variety of foliage, culturally designated as “weeds,” Shipp then shoots them in dioramas using effects techniques developed for early cinema as a way of showcasing their unique beauty and incredible knack for survival. See more images and a video about the project below.

Artist Spotlight: Jonathan Dalton

Paintings by Dublin-born, Sydney-based artist Jonathan Dalton (previously featured here). See more images below or at his solo show in Sydney this coming March.

Humorous New Contextual Street Sign Interventions by Michael Pederson

Look close, or you’ll miss it. Camouflaged like legitimate street signs in public spaces around Sydney you’ll find these fun urban interventions by artist Michael Pederson (aka Miguel Marquez Outside). A park solitude rating guide, oversized emergency panic buttons, or personal space preference cards, all completely ludicrous and yet it’s hard not to think these might be useful in certain situations. We’ve mentioned Pederson here previously, and you can see more of Pederson’s work on Instagram.

Artist Spotlight: Ben Smith

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New paintings by Sydney, Australia-based artist Ben Smith (click here for previous post). More images below.

Artist Spotlight: Max Berry

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Lovely paintings from Sydney-based artist Max Berry’s latest exhibition, “A Return to Slow”. Click here for previous post. See more images below.

Artist Spotlight: Will Cooke

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Sydney-based artist Will Cooke transforms personal memories and experiences into geometric forms. Click here for previous post of Cooke’s work. More images below.

Woven Paper Tapestries by Artist Gunjan Aylawadi

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Incredible paperworks by New Delhi-born, Sydney-based artist Gunjan Aylawadi. The mosaic-like patterns are created using rolled up strips of paper, woven and glued into place. I really want to run my fingers along them to feel the texture. See more images below!