Reko Rennie’s major site-specific installation for Barangaroo

A major site-specific installation by Melbourne-based an interdisciplinary artist Reko Rennie at Barangaroo will be launched early May 2017.

Reko Rennie on site with As The Crow Flies his work in progress at Barangaroo. Photograph: Daniel Boud

Titled As the Crow Flies, Rennie’s commanding work will be installed over an impressive 1,500 square-metre footprint. Rennie explores his Aboriginal Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi identity through his work, provoking discussion around Indigenous culture in contemporary urban environments.

The large-scale, three-colour installation, including bright cobalt blue and neon pink, will be painted vertically and horizontally on to the exteriors and interiors of building elements and hoardings in Barangaroo’s new retail district between Towers One and Two of the iconic International Towers Sydney (ITS) and Hickson Road.  As the Crow Flies will extend into the exit area of the main car park and be painted on rooftops making the pop-aesthetic inspired installation clearly visible from nearby office towers.

Reko Rennie’s As The Crow Flies in progress at Barangaroo. Photograph: Daniel Boud

Rennie has based the work around the fallen feather of a crow, using this as a repeated motif throughout: “The feathers mirror a congregation of people – a meeting place of diverse individuals, philosophies and histories – coming together, reflecting the hive of activity that is unfolding in the redevelopment of Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct”, explained Rennie.

As the Crow Flies has been commissioned by Lendlease under the Barangaroo Public Art and Cultural Plan, which guides the commissioning of public art and seeks to enliven the precinct with landmark artworks that provide an engaging interpretation of the site’s important Aboriginal, maritime and industrial histories.

Reko Rennie on site with As The Crow Flies his work in progress at Barangaroo. Photograph: Daniel Boud

Reko Rennie’s As The Crow Flies speaks to the Aboriginal history of Barangaroo and is a poignant reminder of the connection to land and the measures with which we resolve societal dislocation. It follows recent Aboriginal artwork commissions by Lendlease for Barangaroo including shell wall (2015) by Bidjigal artist and Elder Esme Timbery and artist Jonathan Jones, a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia.