In December 2016 the new Clarence Street entrance to Wynyard Station was opened featuring Wynscreen. Not only does it provide direct access to the Wynyard Station concourse all the way to Kent Street, but Wynscreen also provides a widescreen display opportunity to some of Australia’s digital media talent.
Wynyard Walk and tunnel was also opened in September to allow access to the Barangaroo site via Napoleon Plaza, on the corner of Napoleon, Kent and Margaret streets.
Wynscreen lights up a screen that is over 20 metres wide and almost 3 metres high and is designed to bring the work of some of Australia’s top digital media talent to the fore as it showcases a diverse range of specially commissioned works by a variety of Australian artists, animators, designers and choreographers.
The screen, located on the mezzanine level of Wynyard Station’s Clarence Street entrance is an imposing and distinctive shape and will be seen daily by over 30,000 commuters.
Purpose-designed and dedicated as a public art site, Wynscreen video art will explore themes of time, travel and place through our Indigenous history, multicultural personality, and creative imaginations. It engages with the ways our past has shaped who we are, where we are and what we may become.
In coming months, Wynscreen will showcase artworks by an exciting array of artists including Gary Deirmendjian, doeanddoe in collaboration with Michele Morcos, Robyn Backen with Ian Hobbs, James Price, Ross Gibson and many more.
Sue Healey En Route presents a 30 minute loop Commissioned by Transport for NSW.
In her artist statement she says “Railways have always sparked ideas about moving – being en route to somewhere else, somewhere out of the ordinary. Railways are also synonymous with invention, evoking a sense of vision and endeavour, in creating new ways of seeing and sensing the world. Our ingenuity for devising ways to get from here to there – travelling through space and time with acuity – is the driving force behind this film. The dancer is a precise activator of these ideas, placed within the dynamic setting of the railway, as a physical investigator. Dynamic human trajectories along tracks and tunnels create a visceral exploration of the railway, as lines of action and portals to other times.” Sue Healey is a choreographer and filmmaker, and one of Australia’s foremost independent dance-makers. Find out more.
Lycette Bros Locomotion’s 10 minute loop provides a lighthearted and lyrical exploration of rail transport and the commuter experience.
As the title suggests, Locomotion consists of machines in motion; the different ways in which they move, act and interact. The work combines references of railway systems of the past with fantastical machines and mechanisms of the imagination. The people journeying through Wynyard Walk inspire styles of movement and interaction; we can recognize personality, individuality and idiosyncrasy. Some of the subjects are strong and move with confidence while others are nervous and hesitant. We see struggle, frustration, determination and joy. We see indifference and dislocation but we also see diversity, community and harmony. Locomotion provides a reflection of the modern commuter, society and beyond, how humans reflect the technological world and vice versa, our destinies intersecting and intertwined.
Mark and John Lycette formed Lycette Bros. in 1997. They create a broad range of digital media. Find out more.
You can keep up to date by following #wynscreen and find out more information about the Wynyard Walk project.