23 October to 8 December 2017

A large-scale installation by renowned artist Nike Savvas. Titled Papillon, this dynamic and spectacular artwork was comprised of beautifully coloured ribbons suspended from the ceiling of Exchange Place, near the Wynyard Walk escalators.

This eye-catching artwork drew pedestrians closer to examine and ultimately reward their curiosity as the ribbons move freely in the breeze and evolve into abstract forms, reminiscent of a flag, a target, a sign or a butterfly.

Signalling the visitor’s arrival at Barangaroo, Papillon provided a unique, mesmerising and immersive moment under the work for the viewer to pause, look upwards and engage, reflect and linger.

Trained as a painter, Savvas works across sculpture, installation, kinetic and light-based media and has completed several large installations for the Art Gallery of New South Wales and MCA in Sydney, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, Leeds Art Gallery UK, and Southbank Centre London. The work expands on Savvas’ practice, introducing a new colour palette and paying homage to German-born American artist Josef Albers, while referencing Pointillism, Op, Pop, kinetic and abstract art.

Papillon was commissioned by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority as part of the annual temporary cultural program at Barangaroo and is a collaboration between Nike Savvas and Urban Art Projects.

About the artist

Born 1964, Sydney. Lives and works Sydney and London. Trained as a painter, Nike Savvas works across sculpture, installation, kinetic and light-based media. She has completed several large-scale installations for the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; MCA, Sydney; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Leeds Art Gallery UK, Southbank Centre London, as well as major commissions for NIKE Inc., Deutsche Bank and Macquarie Group Sydney. Her selected group exhibitions include Quicksilver, Samstag Museum (2016), Paradigm Store, Howick Place Place London (2014), Optical Mix, ACCA 2014, The Edge of Painting, Piper Gallery, London (2013); There was a world once, Markisha’s Museum, Witten, Germany (2012); Colour Bazaar: Nine Contemporary Works,Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2011); To Make a Work of Timeless Art, MCA, Sydney (2008), Balnaves Sculpture Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2006); Visual Music, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2005); Indian Triennale, New Delhi (2005); East International, Norwich, UK (2003) New Contemporaries, Camden Arts Centre, London (1998); and Primavera, MCA, Sydney (1998).

Savvas’ works are held in various public and private collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Griffith University, Brisbane; Cyprus Ministry of Culture Collection, Nicosia; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; British Library, London; Tate Gallery Library, London; and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand.