Loftus Lane is part of Quay Quarter Sydney, a major rejuvenation of the Circular Quay area, intended to transform the area into “the gateway to Sydney”.
The development undertaken by Richard Crookes Constructions consists of 5 buildings; including the refurbishment of 2 heritage listed buildings & the construction of 3 new buildings, varying in size from 8 to 14 storeys comprised of public realm, retail, office, amenities & apartments.
Collaborating with the project team we are delivering a series of features in the public realm including 30 custom fabricated aged brass window surrounds, arcade entry feature gates & central laneway ceiling artwork, working with Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, one of the most celebrated contemporary Indigenous artists working today.
The public artwork is located at the entrance to Loftus Street arcade, the artwork consists of thousands of custom chevron perforations and has integrated LEDs. The illumination is programmed to create sequential shifts in the pattern, subtly drawing the public into the space. The combination of the context, lighting shifts and sound will provide an experience as you move throughout the laneway spaces.
Our studio has provided expert design and implementation services to manage the artwork from concept to completion. Design services included detail design and specification, prototyping, engineering & documentation to ensure the public artwork fits the design intent. Implementation services included site management, architectural integration, fabrication, and installation.
Artist Profile – Born 1978, Sydney, New South Wales. Lives and works Sydney. Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi peoples.
Jonathan Jones is a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi peoples of south-east Australia. He works across a range of mediums, from printmaking and drawing to sculpture and film, utilising everyday materials in minimal repeated forms to explore and interrogate cultural and historical relationships and ideas from Indigenous perspectives and traditions.
He is well known for his evocative site-specific installations and interventions into space that use fluorescent light tubes. Jones’ poetic light works also express the artist’s interest in the idea of positive contact and connection, illuminating a bridge between cultures and the spaces of exchange.