Birds of a feather flock together
Three gigantic feathers are featured on 118 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park, adding culture and character to the commercial district that culminates knowledge, industry and innovation.
Ross Shepherd of Site Image Public Art Consultants was the artist for the project ‘Ducks Crossing’, who conceived the concept of a series of large scale elevated feathers on the main roadway frontage of a Goodman commercial building. Ducks Crossing was created to engage office workers and activate the adjoining streetscape that consists of the Fujitsu building that was designed by Leffler Simes Architects and constructed by FDC.
As part of the commercial development, Ross proposed a series of concepts to fulfill Ryde City Council’s policies for accompanying public artworks to enrich the urban fabric and cultural content of the area.
“The concept is a response to the now redundant ‘Duck Crossing’ signs along Talavera Road,” says Ross. “The impact of urbanisation on natural systems, habitat and wildlife are central to the theme."
Ross worked closely with Kennovations in developing concepts from early concept stage by exploring and generating specific design options for the artwork. This involved investigating kinetic artwork versions, working with the artist to develop detailing, drafting structural design and developing options in 3D for team review. Design considerations included the dynamic effects of wind, rain and sun as well as durability for materials, construction and fabrication.
Ducks Crossing has been highly commended by the Public Art Manager for Ryde City Council as an outstanding example of fulfilling the public art objectives of Council.
Fabrication and installation are the final phases of the project, with installation scheduled for March, 2014.
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