Kennovations Product Design and Engineering was recently commissioned to
custom design, engineer and construct a unique sculpture for a new development to
commemorate the history of Australia Post.
Based on a postage stamp concept, the visual public artwork with
elements of an optical illusion, Memory Fragments represents the history of
Australia Post in the locality in Rydalmere, Sydney. The impressive sculpture
is displayed adjacent to the entry to the new site on Victoria Road.
Local council policy requires property developments to invest in public
artworks. Ross Shepherd, Director of Site Image was commissioned to develop art
concepts for the sculpture forms. He explains that the form of vertical blades
at varying intervals along the roadway shows slices of the stamp image
separated, while a composite single image of the stamp can be viewed from
Ross adds that the dynamic visual effect gives distinctive contemporary
expression to the history of Australia Post at this site 50 years ago, and
represents the flickering effect of many passing stamps on envelopes.
Kennovations designed and installed seven 4.9m vertical blades featuring
two different stamp designs on each side and a total of 14 metal strips
fabricated in the build. Each metal strip is made of structural steel that
adjoins composite panels to keep the blades secure against the wind and other conditions.
The overall structure is supported by concrete foundations set into the
landscape strip on the footpath.