Papillon - CODAworx

Client: Barangaroo Delivery Authority

Location: Sydney, Australia

Completion date: 2017

Project Team


Nike Savvas


Barangaroo Delivery Authority

Industry Resource

UAP Brisbane


“The work Papillon…is many things at once — a celebration, a lament to freedom, a sensual revelry, a protest, homage to Joseph Albers, Pointillism, Op art, Pop, Kinetic and Abstract art. Papillon references painting, both past and present. It is at once a flag, a target, a sign and a butterfly.” – Nike Savvas


Internationally renowned London-based Australian artist Nike Savvas was commissioned by the Barangaroo Development Authority to create a temporary artwork installed at Exchange Square, Barangaroo South as part of a Temporary Art Initiative.

Savvas’ work titled Papillon (French for butterfly), is a suspended installation that showcases the artists signature use of colour and form to create transformational and immersive experiences. Produced in collaboration with UAP, the work is comprised of colourful, glossy plastic ribbons (bespoke bunting) that are suspended overhead and react to surrounding environmental conditions. On exhibition November to December of 2017, the work offered a captivating multi-sensory experience designed to mesmerize, transport and transform the viewer.