Public art sculpture commemorates Australia Post history
A new development in Rydalmere, Sydney has seen the launch of a visual public artwork called ‘Memory Fragments’ that represents the history of Australia Post in the locality.
An impressive sculpture with elements of an optical illusion is displayed adjacent the entry on Victoria Road to the new site. To meet local council policy, property development requires investment into public artworks. Ross Shepherd, Director of Site Image was commissioned to develop art concepts from which historical research and site analysis was the basis for the themes and sculpture forms.
Ross explains, “The form of vertical blades at varying intervals along the roadway shows slices of the stamp image separated, while a composite single image of the stamp can be viewed from certain angles.”
“This dynamic visual effect gives distinctive contemporary expression to the history of Australia Post at this site 50 years ago. The flickering effect of many passing stamps on envelopes would have created a striking impact on the 1,000 workers who sorted the mail here during the peak of its operation.”
The postage stamp concept culminates references to early settlement of some of the first merino sheep located on lands adjoining the site, with the well-known classic Australia Post stamps that are a distinctive in the history of correspondence.
Kennovations was commissioned to custom design, engineer and construct the public art piece. Seven 4.9 m vertical blades are on display, with two different stamp designs on each side and a total of 14 metal strips fabricated in the build. Each metal strip is made of structural steel that adjoins composite panels to keep the blades secure withstanding wind and other conditions. The overall structure is held up by concrete foundations that are set into the landscape strip on the footpath.
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