Located in the heart of Sydney's CBD, The Residence Hyde Park is the result of a refurbishment of the former NSW Police Headquarters into a prestigious residential precinct. UAP were comissioned by Hutchinsons Builders for their clients Pamada, Galileo and AMP Capital Investments to manage the public art project in alignment with the city of Sydney Public Art policy. The Artist appointed was Sarah Robson, who created a piece titled ‘Calais Deviations’, designed to engage with the building, pedestrian viewers and the surrounding environment as well as existing historical monuments.
Located outside the building's main foyer, the sculpture consists of six irregular pillars constructed from either bronze or aluminium, each appearing to intersect whilst remaining physically separate. Each pillar has a unique yet complimentary colour or finish to reinforce the multiple relationships between the individual components.
The sculpture is located on the corner of College and Stanley Streets, a vibrant and active part of the city that exists alongside places of contemplation and discovery such as St Mary’s Cathedral and Hyde Park. The piece provides a stable yet dynamic experience to mirror this combination present in the area, with its forms appearing to merge and separate as the viewer moves around engages with it.
The sculptural elements create forms that are reminiscent of features in the surrounding area, the architectural details in the built environment and the majestic trees present in Hyde Park. The implied movement and carefully balanced units emulate the vibrant and contemporary transformation of this urban site.
Image by Roger D'Souza
ARTIST Sarah Robson
ARTWORK TITLE ‘Calais Deviations’
PROJECT The Residence, Hyde Park
CLIENT Pamada, Galileo, AMP Investments.
LOCATION Sydney, NSW, Australia
CURATORIAL UAP, Natasha Davies
DESIGN UAP Studio, Daniel Clifford