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SMH: Major art installation transforms industrial zone into meeting place.

25 August 2020, Nick Galvin. Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney’s latest piece of public art is hard to miss. The massive 11-metre construction, with elegant curves fabricated from glass-reinforced concrete and aluminium and intricately lined with blackbutt, is a striking addition to the rapidly developing South Eveleigh precinct.

The work, made by artist and architect Chris Fox, comes with an equally lofty name: Interchange Pavilion.

Whether that moniker sticks is another matter. One fan approached Fox after the launch on Tuesday to say how much he admired the structure, adding that locals had already dubbed the piece the “Broken Egg” - in the same irreverent tradition that brought us The Toaster and The Coathanger. “That’s good that has already started and people are already engaging,” said Fox, who is also behind Interloop, the much admired work suspended above the York Street escalators at Wynyard Station. “It’s quite lovely when people come up with affectionate names or names that might mock the work.”

Fox first started thinking about his new work some two years ago when developer Mirvac called for designs for a pavilion on the old industrial site. “They gave us a huge amount of information about all the amazing stories from around the site,” Fox said. “There were up to 5000 workers here and it was one of the biggest employers of Indigenous workers who came from all over the state and the country. It was a matter of thinking about how a project could talk about all those different journeys, all those different stories.”

Chris Fox inside his massive new work at South Eveleigh: 'Each rail represents a different journey. Photograph: KATE GERAGHTY


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