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Barangaroo unveils sublime new installation by Nike Savvas

Barangaroo unveils sublime new installation by Nike Savvas

A large-scale temporary artwork by leading Australian artist, Nike Savvas will be unveiled by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority today, bringing a spectacular interaction of colour to Barangaroo.

The vibrant and immersive installation, Papillon, reaches a broad audience with dramatic coloured ribbons suspended from the Exchange Place loggia near David Jones.

Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Executive Director, Activation and Precinct Management, Sandra Bender, said: “Nike’s work is highly interactive, breaking up the everyday and creating a memorable experience for thousands of Barangaroo workers and visitors who engage with the space she has created for discussion and exchange.”

The work expands on Nike Savvas’ practice, introducing a new colour palette and paying homage to German-born American artist Josef Albers, while referencing Pointillism, Op, Pop, kinetic and abstract art.
Renowned for colourful, dynamic and immersive installations, Nike Savvas says Papillon offers temporal respite from the routines of daily life.

“The installation seeks to transform the stationary beyond the physical, to a more fluid, ephemeral zone of time and space. It speaks to its location as a place of convergence, wonderment, reflection and clarity,” said Ms Savvas.

As viewers walk under the captivating, multi-sensory work, they are drawn into a world of Savvas’ creation.

Each visitor – whether passing by or reclining beneath the work – will have a unique experience of Papillon, as the ribbons move freely in the breeze and evolve into abstract forms, reminiscent of a flag, a target, a sign, or a butterfly.

“Collaborating with one of Australia’s most accomplished contemporary artists is key to producing high-calibre site-specific work that enlivens a distinct and unique public space for thousands of Barangaroo workers and visitors to discover and enjoy”, said Ms Bender.

Savvas produced concept designs as part the annual program of events and activities, which includes several performances and temporary installations. The artist collaborated with Urban Art Projects (UAP) design consultancy to deliver Papillon.

Trained as a painter, Savvas works across sculpture, installation, kinetic and light-based media and has completed several large installations for the Art Gallery of NSW and MCA in Sydney, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, Leeds Art Gallery UK, and Southbank Centre in London.

Papillon will be on display until 8 December 2017.

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