Visitors to Barangaroo’s southern dining precinct or travelling down Hickson Road couldn't miss the large-scale art installation by renowned Aboriginal artist, Reko Rennie.
Titled As the Crow Flies, Rennie’s work was been installed over a 1,500 square-metre footprint. Rennie is one of Australia’s most respected contemporary artists who avidly explores his Kamilaroi identity through his work.
At Barangaroo, the three-colour installation, including bright cobalt blue and neon pink, was painted vertically and horizontally onto both the exteriors and interiors of building elements and hoardings in the dining and retail area between International Towers Sydney’s Towers One and Two on Hickson Road.
Rennie based the work around the fallen feather of a crow, using this as a repeated motif throughout. The artist says: “The feathers mirror a congregation of people – a meeting place of diverse individuals, philosophies and histories – coming together, reflecting the hive of activity that is unfolding in the redevelopment of Barangaroo.”
Reko Rennie is an interdisciplinary artist who explores his Kamilaroi identity through contemporary media. His work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Koorie Heritage Trust, ArtBank and City of Yarra collections as well as the New Contemporary Art Museum in Jiangsu, China.
Many Sydneysiders would be familiar with his prominent work at Taylor Square in Darlinghurst - the geometric piece Always was, always will be.
As the Crow Flies was commissioned by Lendlease, the developer of the financial and retail precinct, under the Barangaroo Public Art and Cultural Plan. As the Crow Flies is also supported by International Towers Sydney, Dulux and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority.