West­field Carousel’s new sculp­ture

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JO­HANNES Pan­nekoek did not have to look far for in­spi­ra­tion when de­sign­ing Carousel shop­ping cen­tre’s new­est sculp­ture.

Upon be­ing told he was in charge of the project, the artist searched for lo­cal in­spi­ra­tion to add a com­mu­nity feel to the art­piece.

The nearby Can­ning River served as the per­fect cre­ative fuel for Pan­nekoek, as did the re­de­vel­oped shop­ping cen­tre’s ar­chi­tec­ture.

“I tried to make a piece which is both iconic in­di­vid­u­ally but also drawing on the lo­cal themes around the place,” he said.

“I took a walk through the Can­ning River Re­gional Park; it’s a beau­ti­ful lit­tle river and it’s less than 500m from the Carousel en­trance.

“I was drawn to ar­chi­tec­tural themes in­her­ent in this re­de­vel­op­ment: the curved or­ganic pro­file of the new fa­cade and the round cor­nered tri­an­gu­lar shape within the neg­a­tive space on the plan view, which loosely rep­re­sents the hu­man fig­ure in an over­head crossed arm pose.”

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously de­signed art­works that are on the banks of Syd­ney Har­bour, Pan­nekoek said his lat­est sculp­ture marked the first time he had worked with full-closed curves.

“We had a num­ber of el­e­ments which were all closed curves, so if I strayed from my mark­ings and my ra­dius, it wouldn’t go to­gether in the end, so it was re­ally quite chal­leng­ing to get these close curves to­gether,” he said.

“I do ev­ery­thing my­self. We’re talk­ing about 1.5 tonnes of ma­te­rial which I have to roll, cut, fab­ri­cate and do it all my­self with a team of guys on my own prop­erty.”

The Goose­berry Hill artist said weath­er­ing and stain­less steels in the sculp­ture should en­sure it did not wither with age.

“As the weath­er­ing steel ages with the ef­fect of the rain and el­e­ments, rivers or veins of a lighter colour will flow over each of the cur­va­ceous el­e­ments, form­ing an in­ter­est­ing patina in all di­rec­tions,” he said.

“It is ex­pected that over time the steel sur­face will darken as it cre­ates its own nat­u­ral pro­tec­tive coat­ing, while the stain­less steel will also take on rivers of car­bon colouri­sa­tion.”

d486125 Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Jo­hannes Pan­nekoek with his sculp­ture out­side Carousel shop­ping cen­tre.

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