Tidal Sands - a site-specific indigenous public art installation seamlessly integrated into the structural columns of The Lennox, Riverside Parramatta.
The Lennox is a significant waterfront mixed-use development as part of the Parramatta City foreshore revitalisation.
Situated on Parramatta River, on a site full of history and story. The building’s river frontage called for a large-scale artwork installation.
The artist brief, developed by Site Image, invited contemplation of the riverfront, and its relationship to the traditions and culture of the Durag Aboriginal people of the area.
Tilt provided initial advice to the public art curator and developer to establish a suitable process for integrating the artwork on the columns while addressing design. manufacturing and commercial objectives.
Tilt then managed the design development prototyping structural engineering manufacturing and installation process in close collaboration with the artist, architect, builder and public art consultant.
The compelling thematic of the artwork by Edwards Clarke echoes the patterns of the ‘Parramatta Sands’ deposited by the shifting river, and the integrated history of the people and landscape over time.
Tilt’s design and construction process ensured the outcome aligned closely with the artists’ impressions and the architectural intent of the project, while balancing the complex engineering considerations for the site.
- Artwork development
Tilt developed digital files for manufacturing from detailed Solidworks CAD models. The process of utilising digital files for manufacturing minimised fabrication timeframes and reduced the risk associated with fabricators interpreting 2D documentation.
The development of digital visual simulations and the provision of physical sampling during the design phase provided the project team confidence that the outcome would match the artistic vision.
Each panel was created using aluminium – addressing long-term corrosion concerns. Each panel laser-cut and powder-coated in a colour responding to the artistic and architectural palette.
Due to the complex nature of the installation, the development of a reliable and cost-effective installation methodology was paramount during the early stages of design.
This integrated approach to project delivery led to the development of prefabricated panel assemblies, which facilitated a rapid installation process. A short timeframe for installation also supported EQ’s objectives of a fast turnaround.
Tidal sands is a thought-provoking public expression for The Lennox.
The series of artistic panels integrated seamlessly across 16 prominent architectural columns visually communicating as a single image when viewed from a particular perspective on site.
The artwork panels cast slight offset to create a rippling sand effect through shadows.160
panels in total10
metres high per panel
The art installation presents cultural expression, and a deeper connection to the site.
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