Client: Built Pty Ltd
Location: Sydney, Australia
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $298,904
Brendan Van Hek
Built Pty Ltd
‘Flow & Pause’ is a seven metre tall sculptural lighting installation, surrounding the core of the spiral staircase that connects Museum Station to the 130 Hyde development on the corner of Liverpool street and Elizabeth street in the Sydney CBD.
Its structure is based on a central column which has been clad in black polished stainless steel panels. Surrounding that central piece are 16 light rods. The light rods are fabricated from 150mm sections of stainless steel and the same sized opal sections. The opal sections contain over 16000 programmable LEDs.
It was always in the forefront of our brief to create something that became part of the urban landscape as a Placemaker. We identified the need to create something that stands out brilliantly – that people could identify as a landmark and a piece of art at this site. A strong installation that catches and mesmerises the eye. A memorable and enjoyable experience as part of someone’s journey, and a symbolic guide to locate people to major destinations that holds a strong attachment to place.
To develop this public artwork we worked closely with acclaimed artist Brendan Van Hek, who developed the original concept as part of the Sydney of City Public Art program. The work was curated by the late Virginia Wilson. Working with Brendan Van Hek’s artistic impression we saw the artwork through from ideation, to design, and on to manufacturing and installation – each posing their own obstacles.
The public artwork focuses on the movement of people in a busy city station – brisk traffic, directional flows and bursts of activity. The program of movements in the mesmerising lights are like a choreography based on a train timetable. The work uses a grid format to respond to the site – representing rapid change. Sequential shifts of light, then pauses, stillness, waiting, and again high-speed changes catapulting up and down a central column, taking the public visually from above to below ground and back.