Shadows | Public Art

The next piece of the public art programme at The Streets has been announced.  

German artist Sabine Hornig has been commissioned to ​create the largest permanent public artwork to date at The Streets. Titled Shadows, the piece will be installed across a 170-metre walkway that connects the three buildings of International Towers Sydney (also known as the 'Through Site Link').

Due to be finished by the end of 2018, the vast installation will see Hornig’s photographic images of indigenous Sydney flora layered onto high curtains in the walkways and passages between the towers, providing a visual axis for pedestrians traversing the site.

If you haven't heard of Sabine Hornig, she's a Berlin-based photographer, artist and sculptor who manipulates minimalist architecture and modernist forms to explore perceptions of space. By blurring the boundaries between pictorial and real space, viewer and object, ​her work both challenges and expands upon the ways in which her viewers perceive their surroundings at large. 

Having presented numerous solo exhibitions around the world, you'll find her work in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Baltimore Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich and Malmö Konstmuseet in Sweden, among others.

In developing Shadows, Hornig spent time in and around Sydney, sourcing imagery that is native to the areas surrounding Sydney Harbour. The final designs in the artwork feature native plants, transparent shadows and reflections that are combined to create a botanical discovery route along the Through Site Link.

The transparent glass in the artwork reflects what Hornig describes as “beautiful iridescent shadows” that will reflect the viewers’ own faces and bodies. ​​Passers-by will become participants in the art and “people will literally walk through the imagery,” she says.

The completed work will be part of the wider body of Australian and international public artworks commissioned for Barangaroo by Lendlease under the Barangaroo Public Art and Cultural Plan, which is the framework for a multi-million dollar investment in public art and cultural programming across Barangaroo. We can't wait to see it - so bring on 2018.

Images : © Sabine Hornig and VG-Bild Kunst, Bonn 2017; courtesy of Sabine Hornig, Berlin and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York