Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Reko Rennie artwork at Barangaroo
The latest artwork to be installed on hoardings at Barangaroo is a large-scale, three-colour installation by renowned aboriginal artist Reko Rennie.
Titled As the Crow Flies, Rennie’s work has been installed over a 1,500 square-metre footprint. Rennie is one of Australia’s most respected contemporary artists, who explores his Kamilaroi identity through his work.
Drawing on his iconic use of contrasting high key colours and Pop aesthetic, As The Crow Flies is an extension of Rennie’s broader practice that combines dynamic, culturally potent symbols and repetitive treatments.
The artwork is based on the fallen feather of a crow, and is intended as a poignant reminder of Aboriginal connection to this Country. Rennie uses the motif as a marker of time, where a seemingly insignificant moment reveals a history of movement across space.
The feathers mirror a congregation of people – a meeting place of diverse individuals, philosophies and histories – come together, reflecting the hive of activity that is unfolding in Barangaroo.
Reko Rennie is an interdisciplinary artist whose is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Koorie Heritage Trust, ArtBank and City of Yarra collections as well as the New Contemporary Art Museum in Jiangsu, China.
As the Crow Flies was 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.
Rennie’s work is also supported by International Towers Sydney, Dulux and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority.