Unveiled yesterday, the historic T2 building in Sydney’s Taylor Square has been given a vibrant new pink patterned makeover.
With the phrase Always was, always will be picked out in giant underlit letters facing the square, the artwork, by Aboriginal artist Reko Rennie, covers the full façade of the unused building with giant geometric diamonds painted in neon pink, black and blue.
As the scaffolding came off yesterday evening, Same Same’s camera were there to capture Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s reaction to the vivid makeover.
Rennie’s work has been exhibited in Paris, Santa Fe and Shanghai, and he says his art explores what it means to be an urban Aboriginal in contemporary Australian society.
The T2 building, which was once home to a popular nightclub but has been vacant for several years, has been bought by the City of Sydney and will soon undergo restoration and reopen next year as a bicycle hub.
As part of the new ‘Art and About’ project, we’ll also see 100 new brightly coloured banners lining Oxford Street between Hyde Park and Taylor Square for a month.
To debut over the next few days, tiny ‘paper aeroplanes’ that dance in the breeze and cast shadows on the pavement below will be suspended high above Taylor Square, as part of a new public art project “celebrating the power of the wind.”
The project, presented by internationally renowned British artist Tim Knowles in partnership with the National Art School, will also feature a temporary ‘WindLab’ open to the public, and a series of ‘WindWalks’ where participants can wear helmets fixed with weathervanes and move around the city in whichever direction the wind takes them.
Just off Taylor Square at the National Art School Gallery, the WindLab will be open Mondays to Saturdays until 13 October, featuring a small museum, presenting artworks and a public archive of wind observations, images, videos and stories.
The constantly shifting canopy suspended above Taylor Square will be known as the ‘WindGrid’ and will be in place until 14 May 2013.