As The Crow Flies

The public art programme at The Streets continues with a striking 1500m² installation.  

One of Australia’s most respected contemporary artists, Reko Rennie, has been commissioned to create a major piece of public art at The Streets. Covering a space of 1500 square metres, it's been painted over buildings, hoardings, and rooftops (hint: make your way down to Scotch Row); and will be on display for at least two years.

If you haven’t heard of Reko Rennie before, you’ve most likely seen his work. It’s represented in all of the major galleries around the country (and a few around the world); and perhaps most prominently, at Taylor Square in Darlinghurst - with his iconic geometric piece Always was, always will be.

Rennie’s artwork at The Streets, As the Crow Flies, draws from his familiar use of pop aesthetic and contrasting high key colours (bright cobalt blue and neon pink); and explores his Aboriginal Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi identity through a symbol that represents many things for many communities.

The piece is based around the fallen feather of a crow, which is used as a repeated motif throughout. The motif has a dual meaning – it’s intended to represent a moment in time, reminding us of the transient nature of our lives and the spaces that we visit and occupy; while also reflecting the place in which it’s displayed.

Says Rennie: “The feathers mirror a congregation of people – a meeting place of diverse individuals, philosophies and histories – mirroring the hive of activity that is unfolding in the redevelopment of Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct.”

As the Crow Flies has been commissioned by Lendlease under the Barangaroo Public Art and Cultural Plan. It follows recent Aboriginal artwork commissions by Lendlease for Barangaroo, including ‘shell wall 2015’ by Bidjigal artist and Elder Esme Timbery and artist Jonathan Jones, a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south‐east Australia.

As the Crow Flies is also supported by International Towers Sydney, Dulux and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority.