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    Barangaroo’s largest permanent public artwork announced

    Nicholas Rider

    Sydney’s Barangaroo development isn’t just about high-rise buildings. It’s also about art and culture. The most recent of these contributions is the announcement of Barangaroo’s largest permanent public artwork to date.

    Commissioned by Lendlease under the Barangaroo Public Art and Cultural Plan, Shadows by German artist Sabine Hornig will be installed across a 170-metre walkway that connects the three Rogers Stirk + Partners-designed International Towers Sydney.

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    The site-specific installation, due to be finished by the end of 2018, will see Hornig’s photographs of native Sydney flora layered onto high curtains of multi-coloured glass in the walkways and passages between the towers. 

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    Images: Sabine Hornig

    Hornig was selected from four local and international artist submissions, following a consideration of more than 200 artists for the ‘Through Site Link’ project.

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    “Sabine’s proposal was a standout on many levels including her engagement with the public domain and her connection between art, architecture and nature,” says Simon Mordant AM, chair of the Lendlease Art Advisory Panel. “We were also impressed with Sabine’s engagement with the Indigenous narrative of the site.”

    Shadows will form part of the wider body of Australian and international public artworks that Lendlease has commissioned for Barangaroo under the Barangaroo Public Art and Cultural Plan. The plan, announced in 2015, establishes the framework for a multi-million-dollar investment in public art and cultural programming across Barangaroo.

    One of the other artworks commissioned under the plan is Barangaroo Ngangamay by Amanda Jane Reynolds and Genevieve Grieves. Reynolds’ and Grieves’ immersive multimedia work features five short films that explore the new headland park on the city’s western foreshore. Engravings, known as petroglyphs, are hand-carved into five sandstone rocks and act as a key to unlock the films.

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