In late 2015, students from the Interior and Spatial Design program at the University of Technology Sydney competed to install a piece of public art in Sydney. Sponsored by development company LendLease, the competition's aim was to provide a new piece of art in the emerging Darling Harbour district. Six groups of students submitted wide-ranging designs to fit within a $5000 budget, with the winning design to be built before year's end. Matthew Teismann of LIONarchitecture worked with each group in the development and execution of their respective designs. The winning artwork, titled FLUX Sydney and designed by Eleanor Gibson and Leanne Noh, will be unveiled at a Launch Party this Monday, December 21.
FLUX, Sydney: A space that focuses on the visiblisation of waste through the lens of everyday consumption. Broadly, it will examine the implications of our relationship to waste as a harbour city. Specifically, it will generate the desired sense of community through collection and display of the seemingly banal artefacts of everyday life as a record of events, movements and relationships.
This collection will take the form of locally sourced bottle lids (water, juice, milk, beer, cider, etc.), the colours of which will be used to generate a pixelated map of Darling harbour and surrounds. The use of bottle lids as the byproduct of consumable liquids references the history of the Pumphouse as Sydney's first large scale hydraulic power supply, thorugh its time as a craft beer brewery to its present incarnation as a craft beer supplier and social hub for the local area.
A cartographic comparison of historical and current shorelines shows the development of Darling harbour as an urban hub, and demonstrates the Pumphouses' significance to the original and continued vitality of the area. Shoreline development between
1853 and today will be shown with small circular mirrors, visually integrating the daily life of the community as a key driver of the area's development.