The sculptural artwork façade for 2 Riverside Quay sees a bold and dynamic graphic span seamlessly around the site’s exisiting carpark exterior. Here, the public are invited to activate the surrounding urban landscape as the facade flickers and warps from different vantages. Creating illusions of depth, movement and light. This façade considers the evolving relationship between architecture, place and its inhabitants to create a new destination landmark for Riverside Quay that is active both day and night.
This artwork reflects the history of the Southbank site by engaging with Birrarung Marr, the original title of the Yarra River given by the Woiwurung and Bunurong communities meaning “River of Mists”. The life-source, flow and ephemeral nature of the river embraced by these Indigenous communities can be seen in the undulating patterns of the façade; at once solid, yet ever moving with the orientation of its inhabitants. This perpetual movement created by the façade forms a sense of weightlessness and transience over the carpark exterior much like a mist obscuring the surrounding environment of the river.
LOCATION: Southbank, Melbourne
ARCHITECT: Fender Katsalidis Architects
PUBLIC ART MANAGER: iAM
FABRICATOR: Locker Group
DETAILS: Perforated and powdercoated Aluminium using Pic Perf technology, 2792msq total.