Transport for NSW have unveiled a new public art installation at Wynyard Station called Wynscreen.
6am–3pm on even-numbered days throughout November 2017
3pm–12am on odd-numbered days throughout November 2017
Zooming Sydney is a new media installation conceived for Wynscreen that utilises the cinematic narrative potential of gigapixel panoramic imaging to create a compelling aesthetic and urban-cultural heritage experience. This artwork presents the world’s largest 360-degree photography of Sydney (2014) shot from the Sydney Tower (also known as Westfield Centrepoint Tower), consisting of 125 billion pixels. Virtual camera movements within the spherical panorama zoom in to specific Sydney locations of special historical, cultural and social significance. These locales are then augmented with rich visual materials selected from the comprehensive archives of the State Library of NSW.
The poetic dynamics across the Sydney’s iconic landscape engage the viewer’s curiosity with increasing fascination as the artwork takes them to various locations. Once arrived, they discover historical panoramas of Sydney as well as relational groupings of photographs, drawings, etchings and watercolours that evoke the rich and varied narratives of Sydney’s past. These images have been selected by the artists from the renowned historical and contemporary collections of the State Library, forming one of the most significant historical and documentary archives in Australia. Of special relevance to this artwork are the records of the settlement and development of Sydney, its natural and built environment, and the rich evidence of Sydneysiders from all walks of life.
Through Zooming Sydney, travelers within Wynyard station are ‘transported’ outside into Sydney’s spectacular expanse, engaging with the rich urban memory and cultural history that is inscribed in the material and imaginary fabric of the city. The confluence of virtual locations, narrative texture and the commuters’ own travels creates an existential adventure constituted by Sydney’s natural, architectonic and cultural identity.
Sarah Kenderdine, Jeffrey Shaw and Paul Nichola in collaboration with the State Library of NSW
Image courtesy Cultural Capital.