The MLC Centre in Sydney has collaborated with Esem Projects to launch Modern
Love, a curated collection that pays tribute to the definitive works of
architect Harry Seidler.
Currently on display at the city’s landmark until 26th October,
Modern Love celebrates Harry Seidler’s legacy through a series of historic
design concepts. The curated selection of stories, images, films and designs
celebrates Harry Seidler’s legacy including the boldness of the MLC Centre’s
design and engineering.
The design initiative has been perfectly timed to coincide with the
centre’s redevelopment program across retail, office and façade.
Modern Love – Program of Activity
Castlereagh Street Concept
Abstract projections and vinyl prints celebrating the pedestrian life of
Sydney that Seidler aimed to support; Animated motifs of shapes and photography
including Seidler’s collaborations with Josef Albers; Scenes drawn from film
footage accessed and licensed from the National Film and Sound Archive and the
ABC and from images supplied by the MLC Centre.
Rowe Street Concept
A bar scene outside the Lincoln Hotel, where the Vienna cafe is now
located: The Lincoln Cafe operated in the ’50s and ’60s just a few metres from
where the print has been installed. Coloured neon lights will provide
illumination at night.
Lee's Court Concept
Created with images from Max Dupain's photography, and images
sourced from the SLNSW depicting people who spent time in the precinct, a long
collage of imagery adorns Lee’s Court.
King Street Concept
A 7-10 minute video loop of layered scenes of MLC Centre in construction
and after first completion; Animated coloured shapes and graphic motifs that
inspired Seidler's original designs; Scenes drawn from documentary footage
accessed and licensed from the ABC, and images from Max Dupain's photography
accessed from the Seidler Foundation collection.