Largest permanent public artwork to date announced for Barangaroo in Sydney

The latest artwork to be announced for Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct will be created by German artist Sabine Hornig. The installation- which will include large-scale semitransparent images of local Sydney plants- will be Barangaroo’s largest permanent public art piece to date.

Commissioned by The Lendlease Art Advisory under the Barangaroo PublicArt and Cultural Plan, the piece, labelled Shadows, will be installed across a 170-meter walkway connecting three International Towers.

In developing her work, Hornig spent time in and around Sydney sourcing imagery that is native to the areas surrounding Sydney Harbour. The images are combined with shadows and reflections to create a botanical discovery route along the ‘Through-Site-Link.’ Hornig describes the artwork as, “beautiful iridescent shadows that will reflect the viewers own faces and bodies.”

Following a consideration of more than 200 artists for the ‘Through-Site-Link’ project, Hornig was selected by The Lendlease Art Advisory panel from four local and international artist submissions.

“A robust art selection process has resulted in a world-class public artwork for Barangaroo South,” says Chairman Simon Mordant AM, “Sabine’s proposal was a standout on many levels including her engagement with the public domain and her connection between art, architecture and nature. We were also impressed with Sabine’s engagement with the Indigenous narrative of the site.”

The photographic images of Indigenous flora will be layered on to high curtains of multi-coloured glass walls in the walkways and passages between the towers, providing a visual axis for pedestrians traversing the site.

The works are expected to be completed by the end of 2018.